ERIC Number: ED239847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
A Revised and Intensified Science and Technology Curriculum Grades K-12 Urgently Needed for Our Future. Recommendations of the Conference on Goals for Science and Technology Education Grades K-12 (Washington, District of Columbia, March 11-13, 1983).
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Using available data and analyses on the current situation in science and technology education, it was determined that science and technology education in the United States is lacking in two critical areas: recruitment and training of scientists and engineers, and nurturing a general scientific/technological literacy useful in all facets of daily life. Leading causes for these deficits are: too little classroom time in those subjects; inadequate curriculum materials which emphasize applications, interest, involvement, and problem-solving; and the decline in numbers of qualified science teachers and students preparing for the profession. Recommendations to remedy the problem include: requiring almost daily science and technology studies for everyone in kindergarten through grade 12; development of new curricular materials and wider use of some presently available materials; inservice education, preparation, and technical support through science specialists, regional centers, and contacts in science and industry; and recruiting and retaining more competent science teachers through increased professional satisfaction, participation in curriculum development, and additional pay. (Appendices include reports of working groups on: elementary school science; middle school science; biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering education; informal education; K-12 curriculum; integrating mathematics, science, and technology; technology in teaching; curriculum development; teacher preparation--K-8; teacher preparation--6-12; support for implementation/change; and the physically disabled.) (JM)
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering Education, Financial Support, Physical Disabilities, Physics, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Teacher Education, Technology
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. National Science Board Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.