ERIC Number: ED193092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Science and Engineering Education for the 1980s and Beyond.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Prepared by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education in response to a request by President Carter for information on the condition of science and engineering education in America, this document contains data showing a decline in the general understanding of science and technology among secondary school students. Although scientific and technical literacy are increasingly necessary in our society, high school students are dropping out of science and mathematics courses after the tenth grade, resulting in a citizenry lacking understanding of the increasingly technically complex world. While data from econometric projections indicate that, with a few exceptions, there should be adequate numbers of engineers and scientists at all degree levels to fill available positions in 1980, concern also needs to be given to the education of engineers, scientists, and technicians. Suggestions for actions to alleviate these and related problems and to refocus efforts for upgrading education for the citizen as well as for the specialist are included in this report. Positive action is needed so that all citizens have the scientific and technical understanding to participate in an increasingly complex society and so that technical and professional personnel remain on the cutting edge of scientific and technical progress. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.