ERIC Number: EJ1100314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Linking Science Fiction and Physics Courses
McBride, Krista K.
Physics Teacher, v54 n5 p280-284 May 2016
Generally, cohorts or learning communities enrich higher learning in students. Learning communities consist of conventionally separate groups of students that meet together with common academic purposes and goals. Types of learning communities include paired courses with concurrent student enrollment, living-learning communities, and faculty learning communities. This article discusses a learning community of 21 students that I created with a colleague in the English department. The community encompasses two general education courses: an algebra-based physics course entitled "Intro to Physics" and a literature course entitled "Science Fiction, Science Fact." Students must enroll in both of these courses during the same semester. Additionally, I highlight advantages to linking these courses through surveying the assignments and course materials that we used in our learning community. Figure 1 shows the topics that are covered in both physics and literature courses.
Descriptors: Science Fiction, Physics, Communities of Practice, English Departments, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction, Literature, Dual Enrollment, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Benefits, Assignments, Instructional Materials
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