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Integrating Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Philosophy of the Course

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The course "Integrating Science, Technology, and Mathematics" is designed to replace Physical Science as a general interest science course when Waycross Colleges changes to semesters.

The conversion from the quarter to semester systems gives us as mathematics and science educators an opportunity to enact recent advancements in the teaching of mathematics and science, curriculum interdependence, learning styles, and collaborative learning.

For example, some selected quotes from the AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges) Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for Introductory Mathematics Before Calculus are:

In science, similar advancements in teaching have occurred. Inquiry-based learning, especially in science education, has been championed recently by a number of well-respected organizations, including the College Board and the National Research Council through its publication, National Science Education Standards. (examples here)

Inquiry is not equivalent to a laboratory experience: inquiry-based science means that students ask real questions - not just rhetorical ones posed by the instructor or a textbook - and they perform real investigations - not just exercises in which students are judged by their ability to accurately reproduce what others have done before.

The implications of inquiry-based science on a curriculum are tremendous. Course objectives must be rewritten to reflect process over content, and time must be allotted for open- ended activities instead of employing only a straight lecture format. The structure of Science, Technology, and Mathematics will reflect this.

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Comments and suggestions may be sent to Roberta Lacefield or Chris Wozny.
Last edited 08/97.