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ERIC Number: ED015733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 111
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THE JUNIOR COLLEGE AND EDUCATION IN THE SCIENCES. THIRD REPORT IN A SERIES PREPARED FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, RESEARCH, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND ASTRONAUTICS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. (TITLE SUPPLIED).
HAWORTH, LELAND J.
THIS THIRD REPORT ON SCIENCE EDUCATION IN THE U.S. RAISES THREE ISSUES FOR THE JUNIOR COLLEGE--(1) IS IT A DISCRETE RESOURCE IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, (2) DOES IT REQUIRE A UNIQUE SCIENCE CURRICULUM, AND (3) HOW SHOULD ITS SCIENCE INSTRUCTORS BE PREPARED. UNDER THE COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS'"MODEL LAW" (1965), THE COMPREHENSIVE, STUDENT-ORIENTED PHILOSOPHY OF THE JUNIOR COLLEGE IS RECOGNIZED, WITH A CONSEQUENT SCIENCE EDUCATION OFFERING OF, FOR EXAMPLE, ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY, PRE-ENGINEERING, OR VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL COURSES, UNLIKE THE CHOICE IN A DEGREE-GRANTING INSTITUTION. THE REPORT FURTHER CONSIDERS THE CRITICAL SIZE OF THE STAFF AND EQUIPMENT EXPENDITURES, COMPARES IT WITH GRADUATE LEVEL INSTITUTIONS WHERE STAFF IS ENGAGED IN SEPARATELY BUDGETED RESEARCH, THE NUMBER AND QUALIFICATIONS OF A REPRESENTATIVE STAFF, AND THE USE OF NONSPECIALISTS. IN SPITE OF HIRING DIFFICULTIES DUE TO LOW PAY AND LITTLE PRESTIGE, STAFF QUALIFICATIONS APPEAR TO BE IMPROVING, AS SHOWN BY THE INCREASE IN ADVANCED DEGREES. THE PRACTICE OF HIRING FOR ALL BUDGETED POSITIONS WHATEVER CANDIDATES ARE AVAILABLE, HOWEVER, MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO ASSESS THE TRUE SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS. QUESTIONS STILL TO BE RESOLVED, IN LIGHT OF THE HETEROGENEOUS OFFERINGS OF THE JUNIOR COLLEGE, ARE WHETHER SCARCE SCIENTIFIC STAFF RESOURCES ARE BEING DISSIPATED AND WHICH KINDS OF SCIENCE COURSES ARE MOST APPROPRIATE TO THIS SEGMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
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