Current Status of Integrated Science in College Liberal Education

Bokyoung Lee, Won Sup Kim, Jean Soo Chung, Eungbin Kim, Hye Young Kim, Young Kyun Kwon, Duckhwan Lee

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This study analyzed the current status of integrated natural science courses that cover all natural science fields offered to liberal arts students in Korean universities. It was found that only 40% of Korean universities offered integrated natural science courses. To examine these courses, we inspected students' course guide handbooks and syllabuses to classify contents and teaching methods. Most of the courses were just a simple combination of physics, chemistry, and biology mainly adopted in traditional "Introduction to Natural Science"-type courses. Developed countries provide integrated science, scientific inquiry methods, and science-related-to-everyday-life courses. True integrated science courses that provide a natural science perspective were extremely rare. Only a few Korean universities have recognized the need for integrated science education, and some have only attempted to do so. However, Korea has not developed its integrated natural science curriculum in liberal education, hence the lack of proper textbooks and teaching materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-134
Number of pages10
JournalNew Physics: Sae Mulli
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb 1

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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