The Integration of Real World Science in the Classroom: Medicine, Forensics, Hazardous Materials and Terrorism

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This paper demonstrates how the science of medicine, forensics, hazardous materials management and dealing with terrorism issues can be used as a foundation to teach science. This topic focuses on a Chemistry II course in which the chemistry curriculum was combined with basic instruction in general forensics to demonstrate the application of many of the topics covered in the standard curriculum. The integration focuses on the scientific process, its application as well as the various scientific implications related to a basic understanding of chemistry. The students in this course worked on course material related to forensics, standard chemistry instruction and practical crime scenes involving laboratory evaluation of evidence. Additionally this paper provides information regarding the integration of additional practical areas such as medicine, hazardous materials management, etc.


Keywords: English Language, Oral Text, Communication
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Peter Carafano

Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Science Department, Florida State University Schools
Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Mr. Carafano, RN, M.Ed. is the Chemistry Instructor at Florida State University Schools (Florida High). Mr. Carafano has been teaching in secondary education for five years. Prior to this he was a Special Operations Officer for the Delray Beach Fire Department in Palm Beach County, Florida for twenty years. During his Fire Service career Mr. Carafano also worked as a Hazardous Materials and Fire Science Chemistry Instructor both for the Florida Fire Academy and the University of Miami Medical School training laboratory. He has authored many articles dealing with medical toxicology, hazardous Chemical management and fire investigation.

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