ERIC Number: ED414835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Development of Concept Modules for the Teaching of Introductory Science to the General Student.
Courtright, James B.
A project to develop an interdisciplinary course (ARSC 10/11) for teaching science to college students not majoring in science is described. Concept modules were developed for a two-semester format consisting of three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Important science themes were identified to promote an understanding of modern biology, chemistry, and physics. A science survey test was developed and administered at the beginning and end of the semester to students in the interdisciplinary ARSC course and in introductory biology and chemistry courses. Science topics which are potentially confusing were also identified and clarified to help avoid learning difficulties. The performance on science exams for students in the ARSC course and introductory science classes was compared. Students in the ARSC course, the School of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences were also compared for grade point average, retention rates, and standardized achievement test scores. Appended materials include course syllabi for fall and spring semesters, the science survey test questions with year- to-year comparisons of students' scores for each question, and graphs showing testing and performance outcomes. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, WI. Coll. of Arts and Sciences.