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Interdisciplinary Case Studies
In order to introduce students to interdisciplinary thinking and learning early in their college careers, interdisciplinary case studies will be introduced to all introductory science courses. The case studies will focus on compelling, real-world problems, incorporate activities grounded in research on learning, and use a data-rich, research-like approach that develops students’ ability to think about problems quantitatively and from different disciplinary perspectives by drawing their attention explicitly to questions of the sources and nature of scientific knowledge.
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Faculty from at least two different disciplines will develop a case study, using the disciplines to examine different aspects of the problem. Eligible departments include Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology. Case studies may be developed for the lecture and/or the laboratory part of a course.
Faculty who are awarded a case study development grant are required to attend a summer interdisciplinary curriculum development workshop. The workshop will consist of two 4-hour sessions (lunch included).Preference will be given to projects that combine physical science or mathematics with biology and build in ways for students to reflect on the nature of interdisciplinary approaches. Faculty will work with the HHMI Director of Integrative Studies in the assessment and evaluation of the case studies.
The Hope College-HHMI program goals for student interdisciplinary learning are:
• To build student confidence and willingness to approach problems from multiple perspectives
The proposed interdisciplinary case studies are expected to reflect these broader programmatic goals. The case studies should serve as an introduction to interdisciplinary thinking and learning for students. If you have any questions about investigative case studies or if you would like to discuss your ideas, please contact Dr. Joanne Stewart, Department of Chemistry, x7634, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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