June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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FRESHMAN COURSE ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
The paper describes an interdisciplinary freshman course offered in Frostburg State University to discuss the interactions of science, technology, and society. The course was developed in summer 2005 as part of the general education program mainly for non science or engineering majors.
The course introduces the main characteristics of scientific investigation and engineering design problems through various applications of technology that have transformed the modern society. The outline of the course, teaching approach, materials, and class activities are presented with examples. The experience gained in the first and second semesters is discussed.
The continuous change of the modern society driven by science and technology has motivated higher education institutions to develop curricula to enhance the scientific reasoning skill and technological literacy of students in all majors.
In Frostburg State University an interdisciplinary course titled “Science Technology and Society (IDIS 160)” was developed with the motivation of the Undergraduate Education Initiative (UEI)  approved by the Faculty Senate in February 2005. IDIS 160 is designed as a pilot freshman course for mainly non-science/engineering majors to meet the new general education requirements.
The main purpose of the course is to introduce the “models of research, the development of science and technology, and the application and subsequent impact of the developments on society and the environment.” The course goal is consistent with the FSU general education program, which specifically focuses on the development of students’ core skills in scientific reasoning to “demonstrate foundational abilities to apply different methods of inquiry from various perspectives and disciplines to gather information.”
Soysal, H., & Soysal, O. (2006, June), Freshman Course On Science Technology And Society Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1045
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