The Natural Sciences Integrate with the Social Sciences
The time has come when the natural sciences and the social sciences integrate their disciplines, one into the other for the development of holistic principles of life and solutions to real life challenges. This study was premised on the principles of humanitarianism, sustainability, security, and love. The underlying theory was the social constructivist theory, as it was to help 22 learners transform their ideas about the intersection of natural and social sciences in an active, motivating, and non-discriminatory, learning environment for self-constructed knowledge. Instruments used to gather data were observation checklist and semi-structured guided conversations and data interpreted qualitatively. Findings showed that, participants acquired process, transferrable and concept skills for lifelong living. Participants became aware of applying scientific knowledge to solve some humanitarian challenges. Furthermore, they developed attributes such as carefulness, honesty, patience, critical thinking, reflective and analytical skills. Data from the conversation sessions corroborated findings from the observation and further indicated that participants perceived that science integrated in the social sciences and vice versa was feasible. It was concluded that, exposing students to real life experiences in a safe environment made them appreciate the chemistry in the social sciences, as well as the social science concepts in chemistry better.
Author: Ruby Hanson
Published in: Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2022)
- Date of Conference: 26-28 April 2022
- DOI: 10.20533/IICE.2022.0008
- ISBN: 978-1-913572-46-4
- Conference Location: Virtual (Dún Laoghaire, Ireland)