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ERIC Number: EJ725445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Bridging the Two Cultures: A Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning Science in a Societal Context
Eisen, Arri; Laderman, Gary
Journal of College Science Teaching, v35 n1 p26 Sep 2005
Twentieth-century novelist and physicist C. P. Snow famously stated that solving the world's complex problems requires collaboration between humanists and scientists. Here, the authors agree with Snow and illustrate one integrated educational approach that bridges the two cultures of science and religion to transform the learning and teaching of science. George Ellis, the renowned humanitarian and physicist, refines and enhances Snow's vision, describing the need for three integrated and equally important kinds of experts required to address contemporary complex issues. These are focused basic researchers, generalists who take a broad view, and synthesizers who integrate the two (Ellis 1994). They believe there are approaches to enhancing science education and developing learners of all three types Ellis identifies. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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