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ERIC Number: ED027901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 7
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Technical Education in American Higher Education.
Foncannon, Howard F.
This report follows one on a July 1968 meeting of the Science Education Commission which noted the popular misconception of the "status" of technical education that plagues the scientific community and the resulting need to identify "technical" more closely with "higher" education. Development and use of new teaching aids were also urged. Reconvening in October 1968, the Commission agreed that need for technicians is still critical, that colleges must strengthen their programs (particularly with more funds now available), and that present problems must be alleviated concurrently with work on new ways to meet mounting and changing needs. One proposal reviewed (among several) was the re-organization of colleges into communications, behavioral science, social science, science and math, and humanities departments--each with its related technologies. The Task Force on Science Education was urged to make the plight of technical education known to all scientists and enlist their help in its improvement, and to continue its study of two projects--on innovation and experimentation and on cooperative work-study. Five other projects were specified for the Task Force. It was concluded that colleges must devise new systems of technical education to replace the old predetermined offerings, that "status" must be clarified before student needs can be met, and that the increasing complexity of technology makes it essential to bring scientists and educators together. (HH)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Clinic on Technical Education (St. Louis, March 26-28, 1969).