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Integrated Education

A major part of the problem in major research universities is the way science is taught. At our institution, we are so stringently organized along departmental lines that only the most interdisciplinary individuals have an interest in looking at science in a more integrated fashion--in relating their expertise to other courses and other subjects. "Cold fusion" could have originated only in a university where physicists and chemists

Andrade
I enjoyed your Opinion page in the Oct. 18, 1993, issue, written by six students from the University of Miami [R. Andreasen, et al., page 11]. Their perspective, their diagnosis, and their recommen- dation for treatment of high school education is insightful and, from my experience, most appropriate. Our own small effort, the Center for Integrated Science Education at the University of Utah, is focused on applying most of their recommendations at the elemen- tary and junior high level. We have found that the teachers and the public education community in general are very responsive to our initiatives and generally want to enhance the educational experience for their students.

A major part of the problem in major research universities is the way science is taught. At our institution, we are so stringently organized along departmental lines that only the most interdisciplinary individuals have an interest in looking at science in...

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