"Science and Citizenship: Habits of Mind for Global Understanding" is the
title of an article in Diversity Digest, Volume 9, Number 3, by
Vice President and Dean of Academic Affiars Grant H. Cornwell '79.
In the article, Cornwell relates two stories of experiences that students have
while studying in the University's program in Kenya. "Neither story is unique,"
he states. "There are hundres of similar stories that could be told. These two
happen to be set in Kenya because I have just returned from there and they are
still nagging my conscience."
Cornwell describes Amboseli, a wildlife refuge home to 1,400 elephants, in one
example (of scalar thinking) and greenhouses outside of Nairobi that produce cut flowers for the world
market in another (systemic thinking). "The good news is that scientific methods
of inquiry and analysis foster habits of scalar and systemic thinking," Cornwell
writes. "The world...desperately needs that kind of thinking. Our task is to produce
graduates who are capable of it."
More information: Read the
article in Diversity Digest
Posted: July 5, 2006