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Integrating Health Careers into the Science Curriculum. Nevin Katz, Ed. M. Objectives. To introduce methods that integrate health career topics into the classroom To share my experiences in helping students connect science with health career topics. Work in Education.

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objectives
Objectives
  • To introduce methods that integrate health career topics into the classroom
  • To share my experiences in helping students connect science with health career topics
work in education
Work in Education
  • High School Science Teacher
  • Author & Illustrator of Dr. Birdley Resource book series
  • CSI (Camp Science Investigators) at Hampshire College
  • Workshop at HGSE (Summer 2007) on using art in the science classroom
benefits to health career tie ins in science courses
Benefits to Health CareerTie-ins in Science Courses
  • Familiarizes students with real-world professions
  • Answers the “when are we going to use this in real life??” question for some
  • Encourages deductive problem solving and inquiry-based learning
central tools
Central Tools

1. Career tie-ins within a given unit

2. Real-life applications of a given topic

3. Medical case studies

4. Simulations of “real world” problems

5. Career research opportunities

6. Building dialogue within the school community

biology career connections
Biology-Career Connections

The table that is included matches a given unit of biology with relevant health careers. They can be used as a basis for:

Lesson Topics

Assignments

Research Projects

chemistry applications
Chemistry Applications
  • You can work “real life” applications of elements compounds, and chemical reactions into the material.
  • How are these compounds used?
  • Why are they used?
  • Who uses them?
surgery the co 2 laser emits a visible beam that cuts like a scalpel
Surgery

The CO2

Laser emits

a visible beam

that cuts

like a

scalpel.

pharmacology close ups on molecules like caffeine that affect the nervous system
Pharmacology

“Close-ups” on molecules like caffeine that affect the nervous system

medical case studies
Medical Case Studies

Starts with a realistic (and usually fictitious) situation.

Students look at various documents to piece together what is going on

  • Patient background form
  • Memos from doctors
  • Laboratory Data
case study procedure
Case Study Procedure

1. Case Study is read aloud

2. Students develop hypotheses

3. Individual research in teams

4. Teams share their research

5. Hypotheses are revised

6. Conclusions are developed

7. Presentation

8. Teacher’s feedback (the answer?)

typical materials
Typical Materials

Source Material (web documents, patient data, lab test results, website, computer program)

Data Tables / Worksheets for Notes

“Final Diagnosis” Sheets

encouraging deductive logic
Encouraging deductive logic
  • Just a few clues
  • Student Presentations
  • Group sharing sessions
  • Collaboration over competition
simulation modeling the spread of an infection
Simulation: Modeling the Spread of an Infection
  • Each student has three different colored cards. He / she only has one out at a time.

infected

recovering

immune

modeling the spread of an infection day 1
Modeling the Spread of an Infection: Day 1
  • Student A starts out as “infected” and holds up the orange card.
  • He/she taps the desk of student B next to him, giving him the pathogen.
modelling the spread of an infection day 2
Modelling the Spread of an Infection: Day 2
  • Student B is infected
  • Student A is recovering
  • Student B taps the desk of student C.
modeling the spread of an infection day 3
Modeling the Spread of an Infection: Day 3
  • Student C is infected
  • student B is recovering.
  • Student A is immune.
data analysis
Data Analysis
  • On each “day,” the teacher and students can collect data on how many are infected and immune.
  • Graph is available in online packet
  • Students can then plot this data on a graph and analyze the trends.
students teacher dialogue
Students-Teacher Dialogue

Talk to students in between classes about their goals.

Include beginning of year questions on student info forms.

If a profession shows up in a lesson, probe for student interest

Network with Guidance Counselors and student Liaisons

health career research
Health Career Research

Students research a career in health care of their choice. They write and describe:

  • What this job involves
  • Required education / degrees
  • Salary trajectory / career stages
  • Challenges on the job
  • Required strengths, skills, and abilities
  • A day in the life of
in summary
In Summary

It is possible to integrate health sciences into the curriculum through the following:

Career Tie-ins & Applications

Case-Based Methods

Simulation Activities

Student Research

Conversations with Students