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ERIC Number: ED026068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Pages: 31
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Technical Education: A Growing Challenge in American Higher Education. Report of the AAAS Conference on Science in Technical Education (Washington, D.C., July 22-23, 1968).
Foncannon, Howard F.
This conference sought to analyze the major problems of science in technical education, formulate possible solutions, and stimulate action by higher education, government, the scientific community, foundations, and private industry. This part of the study concerns only physical science and engineering technicians, most of whom attend junior or technical colleges. Staff studies show that the education of technicians has benefited little from the science education reforms enjoyed by scientists and engineers. General problems considered at the conference were (1) the need for technicians, (2) the institutions, students, and teachers, and (3) the programs offered. The staff prepared working papers on each problem and agreed on certain recommendations: (1) establish the unique identity of technical education, (2) inform a wider public, (3) clarify articulation with universities and high schools, (4) devise a satisfactory vertical structure for technical courses, (5) encourage supporting legislation, (6) refine techniques to study supply and demand, (7) continue study of regulatory agencies, (8) examine motivations of high school students, (9) reduce the attrition rate, (10) help teachers keep up to date (math, science, technology), (11) improve pre-service teacher training, (12) anticipate, rather than accommodate, technological change, (13) explore work-study programs, (14) publicize successful curricula, (15) continually evaluate program objectives and relevancy, (16) develop teaching aids, (17) welcome new teaching methods. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.