Title page for ETD etd-10122005-134404


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Allkins, Michael T.
URN etd-10122005-134404
Title General education in the natural sciences : comparisons of selected sections of a coummunity college general biology course
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Community College Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Clowes, Darrel A. Committee Chair
Creamer, Donald G. Committee Member
Heath, Alan G. Committee Member
Lichtman, Marilyn V. Committee Member
Morgan, Samuel D. Committee Member
White, Carl Committee Member
Keywords
  • Community colleges Curricula United States Case
  • General education United States Case studies
  • Biology Study and teaching (Higher) United States
Date of Defense 1990-07-16
Availability restricted
Abstract

From the establishment of Harvard in 1636, to the establishment of the first public Junior College in 1901, to the curricular reforms of the 1960's and 1970's, the purpose of higher education and the role of general education have been the subjects for many lively debates. The national debate on issues relating to general education has intensified within the last decade, and community colleges continue to be active participants in these debates.

The purpose of this study was to describe the course contents and classroom environments of selected community college general education general biology courses in sufficient detail as to shed light on the contribution each makes to general education. This study offers descriptions, interpretations, and evaluations of community college general education biology classrooms and laboratories. The intent was to present vivid descriptions of the classroom experience and to offer interpretations of what was being taught and what was being learned.

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