ERIC Number: ED045442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Stanhope Oration: Drifts From the Sciences.
Stranks, D. R.
South Australian Science Teachers Journal, December 1969
Statistical comparison of trends shows that the decline in the proportion of Australian matriculation students studying science subjects is less than that in the United Kingdom. In Australia, the decline in the proportion of new tertiary enrollments in the sciences occurs primarily in the applied and professional science courses which have quotas restricting enrollments. The increasing female enrollment in universities, primarily in arts and social science courses, contributes to the apparent drift in the proportion of science students. There is little evidence that uninspiring school science courses contribute to the decreasing proportion enrolled in tertiary science courses. A more serious drift is the decreasing attraction of teaching for professionally trained scientists: this may be remedied by improved employment conditions, including opportunity for periodic intensive retraining, and a flexible salary scale. Drifts in educational philosophy and from the compartmentalized scientific disciplines have implications for science education. (AL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adelaide Univ. (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia; United Kingdom
Note: Speech given at the Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (18th, September, 1969, Adelaide, South Australia)