Curricular Initiatives - Amherst College
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- Summer Science: Students admitted to the college expressing an interest in science, but whom have been identified as "at risk" have been invited to participate in a summer science enrichment program. This group has historically been composed of students from inner-city public schools, poor rural community schools, and first generation college students, and is predominantly women and minorities. This three week program includes intensive "refresher" courses in science and math and hands-on lab experience. A recently completed independent evaluation of the program has found that students in this program do not do any better than a control group in their science courses but show a higher rate of matriculation as a science major.
Key Words: Women, minorities, Summer Program, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Pat O'hara email@example.com
- Women and Minorities in Science Bruss 12: This interdisciplinary seminar, designed for first and second year students, introduces students to some of the history of women and minorities in science through the reading of biographies and autobiographies. Students can, in lieu of a final research paper, teach science to elementary or secondary school students, developing curricula sensitive to issues of gender and race in science. Twelve projects were supervised over two years, several relationships with partner schools that started with this initiative are now in their third year. It is interesting to note that many of the students who elect to take this seminar are the same students who come through the summer program.
Key Words: Women, minorities, Teaching opportunity, college course, Curricular Initiative, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Pat O'Hara firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reading Writing and Teaching English 6: Through various means, students learn about education, educational environments, urban education, teaching, writing about teaching, and learning. The course has an alliance with a high school in Holyoke and once a week the students teach classes at the high school. During the first weeks of the semester, students in English 6 go on a tour of Holyoke, talk with members of the community, alumni of the high school, parents of students and tour the school. As the students begin filling internship roles at the high school, either as a teacher, tutor or team teacher,) the internship is supplemented with discussions and readings about teaching. Students from all disciplines participate in the course, including math and science majors, and do their internship in their subject.
Key Words: Teaching opportunity, college course, urban education, Curricular Initiative
Contact: Erica Poon email@example.com
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