ERIC Number: ED241319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-20
Reference Count: 0
Task Force for the Study of Chemistry Education in the United States. Preprint--Recommendations.
American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
Virtually every aspect of chemistry education was examined to determine changes needed to improve public understanding of science in general and chemistry in particular, and to improve the effectiveness of chemistry education. Among the findings reported are those indicating that: misunderstanding of science is widespread and public understanding of chemistry is poor; too few high school chemistry teachers are well grounded in the subject; laboratory exercises are slowly disappearing from general chemistry in high school and college; and that applications of both information technology and discoveries about learning are occurring haphazardly. Conclusions drawn from those and other findings take the form of 40 principal recommendations and numerous ancillary ones. Recommendations focus on the concern for the nationwide low level of public understanding of science and on problems and issues related to education at all levels, as well as to the following: science education in elementary schools, high schools, two-year colleges, colleges and universities; careers; continuing education; and role of the chemical industry. Recommendations include a minimum of three years of high school laboratory science for admission to college, a national effort to add science to the present basic triad of school subjects, and development of a model science program for each elementary school grade level. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemical Industry, Chemistry, College Science, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Professional Continuing Education, Science Careers, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Toxicology
Ken Chapman, Education Division, American Chemical Society, 1155 - 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
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