ERIC Number: ED223423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Today's Problems, Tommorow's Crises.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
In response to the current decline in the quality and quantity of precollege mathematics and science education in the United States, the National Science Board (NSB) established the Commission of Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology. The purpose of this Commssion is to define a national agenda for improving mathematics and science education in this country. The Commission will develop an action plan that will include a definition of the appropriate roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments, professional and scientific societies, and the private sectors in addressing this problem. This report presents the Commission's assessment of the current condition of precollege education in mathematics, science, and technology and explores some of the key problems and challenges facing educational institutions in meeting three goals (described in the introduction) to foster scientific and technological literacy. Specific contributory problems to declining achievement and student participation in science and mathematics in a time of increasing national needs are discussed. These include problems related to teachers, classrooms (inadequate teaching time, equipment, and facilities), curricula, and instructional approaches. Issues related to public perceptions and priorities are also addressed. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Technological Literacy, Technology
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation