June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering Physics & Physics
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Teaching Outside the Discipline: A STEM-Related Course in a Non-STEM Curricular AreaMost of us who teach within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricularareas expect to have teaching assignments that directly align with these disciplines. A teachingassignment in a curricular area outside of STEM is much less common. The focus of this paper is todescribe a course that is taught by our physics faculty entitled Changing Views of the Universe.Changing Views is a course that is part of our general education core of courses in a curricular areaentitled Traditions that Shape the Western World. Courses taught within this curricular area are typicallytaught by such departments as anthropology, art history, communication, government, history, andphilosophy. Students who enroll in this course are non-science majors who are looking to fulfill theirgeneral education requirements towards graduation in this particular content area. Because the course isfilled with non-science majors, the often technical course content must be presented in a non-mathematical way. Since the course content includes just about everything from the Big Bang to ourpresent-day understanding of the cosmos, teaching these topics without much mathematics presents manyunique challenges. A description of the curriculum developed for the Changing Views course will beprovided. Particular attention will be placed on some of the unique ways a writing-based approach hasbeen implemented with the ultimate goal of enhancing of student learning. In addition, strategies such asrubric development and time-saving grading techniques related to the use of these writing-basedapproaches will be shared.
Larkin, T. L. (2015, June), Teaching Outside the Discipline: A STEM-related Course in a Non-STEM Curricular Area Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24818
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