National Collegiate Honors Council


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Ellen B. Buckner and Keith Garbutt, eds., The Other Culture: Science and Mathematics Education in Honors. NCHC Monograph Series, National Collegiate Honors Council, Lincoln, NE, 2012.

ISBN 978-0-983-5457-3-6


© Copyright 2012 by National Collegiate Honors Council



Preface — Dail W. Mullins, Jr.

Introduction — Ellen B. Buckner and Keith Garbutt

Section I: What is Science in Honors?

Chapter 1: One Size Does Not Fit All: Science and Mathematics in Honors Programs and Colleges — Keith Garbutt

Chapter 2: Encouraging Scientific Thinking and Student Development — Ellen B. Buckner

Chapter 3: Information Literacy as a Co-requisite to Critical Thinking: A Librarian and Educator Partnership — Paul Mussleman and Ellen B. Buckner

Section II: Science and Society

Chapter 4: SENCER: Honors Science for All Honors Students — Mariah Birgen

Chapter 5: Philosophy in the Service of Science: How Non-Science Honors Courses Can Use the Evolution-ID Controversy to Improve Scientific Literacy — Thi Lam

Chapter 6: Recovering Controversy: Teaching Controversy in the Honors Science Classroom — Richard England

Chapter 7: Science, Power, and Diversity: Bringing Science to Honors in an Interdisciplinary Format — Bonnie K. Baxter and Bridget M. Newell

Section III: Science and Mathematics in Honors for the Non-Science Student

Chapter 8: Honors Science for the Non-Science-Bound Student: Where Have We Gone Wrong? — Bradley R. Newcomer

Chapter 9: Engaging the Honors Student in Lower-Division Mathematics, Minerva Cordero, Theresa Jorgensen, and Barbara A. Shipman

Chapter 10: Statistics in Honors: Teaching Students to Separate Truth from “Damned Lies” — Lisa W. Kay

Chapter 11: Is Honors General Chemistry Simply More Quantum Mechanics? — Joe L. March

Section IV: Science in Honors for the Science Student

Chapter 12: Communicating Science: An Approach to Teaching Technical Communication in a Science and Technology Honors Program . — Cynthia Ryan, Michele Gould, and Diane C. Tucker

Chapter 13: Designing Independent Honors Projects in Mathematics — Minerva Cordero, Theresa Jorgensen, and Barbara A. Shipman

Chapter 14: Honors Senior Theses Are ABET Friendly: Developing a Process to Meet Accreditation Requirements — Michael Doran

Section V: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Honors Science Curricula

Chapter 15: Interdisciplinary Science Curricula in Honors — Dail W. Mullins, Jr.

Chapter 16: The Science of Humor: An Interdisciplinary Honors Course — Michael K. Cundall, Jr.

Chapter 17: An Interdisciplinary Understanding of a Disease: Project for an Honors-Embedded Biochemistry Course — Kevin M. Williams

Section VI: Thinking like a Scientist: A Toolkit

Chapter 18: Replacing Appearance with Reality: What Should Distinguish Science in an Honors Program? — Larry J. Crockett

Chapter 19: Confronting Pseudoscience: An Honors Course in Critical Thinking — Keith Garbutt

Chapter 20: Science Education: The Perils of Scientific Illiteracy, the Promise of Science Education — Glenn M. Sanford

Acknowledgements — Ellen B. Buckner and Keith Garbutt

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