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Calculus In An Integrated Freshmen Curriculum

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.93.1 - 1.93.4



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Barbara Blake Bath

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Barbara Blake Bath ASEE, Colorado School of Mines

BACKGROUND The Connections program at the Colorado School of Mines is an integrated series of freshman year active-learning based modules and seminars which will allow first year engineering students to develop significant connections among their humanities, physical and social Science, and engineering course-work. It is sponsored by the Fund for Post Secondary Education of the United States Department of Education. The program is designed to address two areas: 1) poor integration of humanities and social science into technical curricula, and 2) freshman-level instruction that discourages students from pursuing careers in engineering and mathematics, By enhancing higher order thinking abilities, the hope is that the students will discover important connections among their various courses and that the learning will be deeper and more complete,

The Connections program proposal promised that it will allow students to: . discover and develop significant connections among their freshmen core subjects. q enhance their higher order thinking abilities and apply these abilities in humanistic, scientific, and engineering contexts. q understand the historical and cultural contexts which have influenced developments in science, humanities, and engineering. q struggle with some of the world’s great ideas and issues, . further develop their sense of ethics and values, particularly concerning the applications and limitations of technology in the modern world. . improve their oral and written communication skills,

Again referring to the original proposal written by Barbara M. Olds, Principal Tutor of the McBride Honors Program, and Ron Miller, Coordinator of the EPICS Program, the key features of the program are: q modifying existing freshmen course syllabi in humanities, physical and social sciences (chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, and economics), and engineering practices (EPICS) to feature a series of integrated project modules which allow students and faculty to explore appropriate connections between these disciplines, l adding a two-semester Connections interdisciplinary seminar series in which students and faculty will further develop and explore the interconnectedness of appropriate topics from each of the freshman humanities, social science, physical science, and engineering courses,

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Bath, B. B. (1996, June), Calculus In An Integrated Freshmen Curriculum Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--5904

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