ERIC Number: ED231288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Science and Technology Education for Civic and Professional Life: The Undergraduate Years. A Report of the Wingspread Conference (Racine, Wisconsin, June 1-3, 1982).
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
The failure of colleges and universities to ensure that all undergraduates become scientifically and technologically educated was addressed at the 1982 Wingspread Conference. Representatives of education, business, government, and other professions considered the place of science and technology education within liberal education and formulated a set of actions and strategies that individual colleges and universities can implement. The conference recommendations are grouped around four main issues: leadership; institutional commitment and support; standards both for admission to and graduation from college; and improvement of science courses and introduction of technology courses for nonmajors. The following two conference papers are also included: "Sputnik, Halley's Comet, and Science Education" (F. James Rutherford); and "The Place of Science and Technology in the Liberal Arts Curriculum" (David S. Saxon). The first paper introduces the problem by noting that students are avoiding science and mathematics courses/majors, the science/mathematics curricula are obsolete, and there is a cutback in support of science teaching. The second paper includes examples that illustrate our inability to distinguish between sense and nonsense in matters concerning science and technology. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Role, College Science, Educational Needs, General Education, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Nonmajors, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Technological Literacy, Undergraduate Study
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.; Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.