ERIC Number: ED235799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-3
Reference Count: N/A
Information Society Challenges Education. Issuegram No. 17.
Intended as a summary report for state leaders, this document outlines current problems in education, particularly science and math education, and suggests ways in which the state educational systems can be changed to provide students with an adequate preparation for knowledge-intensive jobs involving the retrieval, processing, and transmission of information. Skills needed by workers in the growing number of service (as opposed to goods-producing) industries are listed. It is noted that today's students are generally unprepared to work in an information society. Three educational goals related to careers in science and engineering that have been assigned a high priority by the National Science Board are outlined. An identification of educational problem areas mentions the shortage of qualified science and math teachers, the inadequate amount of time for classroom instruction, the outdated nature of science and math curricula, the need for change in instructional approaches, and the lack of public perception of the need for scientific and mathematical literacy among all students. It is recommended that the state legislatures establish comprehensive plans for upgrading education; secure financing to purchase new school computers, software, and science equipment; improve teacher training; revise classroom policies that detract from student achievement; and improve the science and math curricula. A four-item bibliography is included. (ESR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, State Programs, Technological Literacy, White Collar Occupations
Distribution Center, Education Commission of the States, 1860 Lincoln St., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80295 ($2.00 per copy prepaid).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.