ERIC Number: ED210184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
The Exeter Conference on Secondary School Science Education (Exeter, New Hampshire, June 15-22, 1980).
Brinckerhoff, Richard F.; Compton, Charles A.
In June, 1980, 38 secondary school science teachers and 10 specialists met at Phillips Exeter Academy to discuss the state of science education. Conference participants agreed that a crisis in science education exists. Events appear to indicate that the public is telling science teachers that what they are offering in the name of science education is not relevant to American society today. There have been no major changes in the teaching of secondary school science since the curricular reforms of the 1960's although circumstances have changed dramatically since those times. Conferees suggested that new materials, not new courses, need to be created so that material of societal and ethical character could be infused into present science courses, replacing 10% of present course content. They also suggested that a national network of permanent Science Resource Centers (patterned on the County Extension model) should be established to create and distribute teaching materials addressed to societal issues as well as for other tasks. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH.