On the basis of a study of 22 articles written recently by college teachers about general education courses in science, the changes which have taken place in such courses since the late twenties and early thirties are summarized. Among these changes are a reduction of the emphasis upon survey and an increase of emphasis on the methods of science. New approaches, such as the historical approach, the problem approach, and the interdisciplinary approach are discussed. Changes in laboratory work to emphasize more the methods of science are noted. It is believed that two types of courses will continue to develop with differences in objectives, content, and outcomes-one specifically for the science major and the other for the non-science major. Physicists should give leadership to these developments rather than leave them to others with less scientific background.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Haun, R. Ray
"The Physical Science Course:Past, Present, and Future,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 68(1), 509-516.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol68/iss1/71