11:00 am, January 18, 2018
Berry Auditorium, C101
LeTourneau University, Longview, TX
Re-Integrating Our Integration Strategies – Lessons from interdisciplinary STEM education
Many Christian colleges regard faith-learning integration (FLI) as a core element of their mission and identity, despite broad disagreement on what this means and how to accomplish it. In the sciences, in particular, FLI – at least done in the wrong way! – is often viewed as a source of controversy and conflict. The specific language of “integration” tends to compartmentalize this category of concerns, making FLI seem dissimilar from other interdisciplinary pursuits. This talk attempts to place FLI within a deeper historical context by considering past integration projects within other aspects of education, including the emergence of STEM as a popularly recognized concept. I believe that this offers a model for improving student and faculty comfort with FLI classroom activities.