ERIC Number: EJ1023604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Two Year Community: Design and Components of a Two-Year College Interdisciplinary Field-Study Course
Wolfe, Benjamin A.; Martin, Todd C.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n1 p16-23 Sep 2013
Interdisciplinary field study courses at 2-year colleges can provide an opportunity to enhance student learning. The authors present here an 11-day interdisciplinary field-study course designed for nonscience majors at a 2-year college. Using a theoretical learning framework that emphasizes cognitive and metacognitive gains, the field study curriculum is designed to incorporate both geology and biology topics illustrating the cross-discipline nature of science education. The course allows students to travel to classic geologic locales that provide a means of science immersion in a more active learning and inquiry based atmosphere. Students are encouraged to ask questions about nature, formulate hypotheses for answering those questions, and evaluate conclusions. Additionally the course provides an opportunity for students to refine observation and inquiry skills beyond a set of laboratory exercises and classroom lectures. An end-of-course survey was used to capture students' perceived value of the course.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Two Year Colleges, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design, Course Organization, Field Studies, Nonmajors, Geology, Biology, Scientific Principles, Course Descriptions, Learning Activities, Student Surveys, Course Evaluation, Participant Observation, Instructional Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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