Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., recent served as the guest editor for an issue of Science Education & Civic Engagement: An International Journal.
The journal features an interview with George Boggs, president and CEO emeritus of the American Association of Community Colleges, as well as a teaching and learning piece by Sreedevi Ande of LaGuardia Community College that identifies the underlying quantitative reasoning skills embedded in the Project Quantum Leap and Science Education for New Civic Engagements & Responsibilities (SENCER) projects.
In addition, Abour Cherif and Maris Roze of DeVry University, along with their colleague Matthew Bruder, have written a project report that details a learning activity designed to create healthy meals in order to counter nutrition-related diseases. Another project report by Mangala Kothari of LaGuardia Community College describes an essential tool used to measure student success in Project Quantum Leap. And Jeffrey Webb of Southern Connecticut State University has contributed a research article on how to integrate SENCER into a large lecture general education chemistry course.
Finally, in a point of view piece, Dennis Lehman of Harold Washington College in Chicago, reflects on SENCER resources and strategies that have impacted and helped improve curriculum, retention and faculty development at an urban community college.
The journal's mission is to explore constructive connections between science education and civic engagement that will enhance both experiences for our students. In the 21st century, mathematical and scientific reasoning is an essential element for full participation in a democratic society. Contributions to the journal focus on using unsolved, complex civic issues as a framework to develop students' understanding of the role of scientific knowledge in personal and public decision making, along with examining how such knowledge is embedded in a broader social and political context.
Since many pressing issues are not constrained by national borders, we encourage perspectives that are international or global in scope. In addition to examining what students learn, the journal also explores how this learning takes place and how it can be evaluated, documented and strengthened. By exploring civic questions as unsolved challenges, we seek to empower students as engaged participants in their learning on campus and as citizens in their communities.
Science Education & Civic Engagement: An International Journal is published twice a year by the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, home of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.