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ERIC Number: ED358890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 27
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Partnerships across the Disciplines: The Humanities, Science and Technology: Making Connections.
Badra, Robert; Palleschi, Helen
In 1988, 11 faculty members at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC), Michigan, taught a customized honors class at KVCC focussing on connections between disciplines. It soon became clear how little faculty members understood and appreciated their colleagues' fields and perspectives. Following the course, faculty participants concluded that the college needed a core course in general education that would provide all students with models and examples of the interconnectedness of knowledge and its cultural impact, and that would, in particular, show the relationships of the humanities to science and to technology. Faculty devised a 5-year plan, and a 2-year federal grant was obtained for promoting the humanities at KVCC from April 1991 through March 1993. In anticipation of the grant, a group of 20 faculty members organized a study group for the 1989-90 academic year. With grant funding, summer institutes were conducted, visiting scholars were enlisted, and a general education core course, "The Humanities, Science, and Technology: Making Connections," was developed. The course, examining how these three disciplines have related to each other from antiquity to the present, was designed to impress upon students the importance of making connections between the disciplines in the way they live, work, and relate. Included in the paper are descriptions of the four, week-long seminars held during each of the summer institutes for faculty (1991 and 1992); project activities at KVCC during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 academic years; and a copy of KVCC's Interim Performance Report to the funding agency for the first year of the project (1991-92). (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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