ERIC Number: ED294762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Educating Scientists and Engineers: Grade School to Grad School.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Institutions of higher education in the United States appear to many to have the capacity to provide enough scientists and engineers to meet the nation's needs. However, many researchers, employers and policymakers are concerned that the future supply will be inadequate. In the early 1990s the United States will experience a decline in the number of college-age students. Fewer students seem to be interested in science and engieering careers. Women's interest in these careers appears to have plateaued and non-Asian minorities, traditionally poorly represented in science and technology careers, are forming an increasing proportion of American school children. The Office of Technology Assessment concludes that these shortages are not inevitable. This assessment: (1) examines the forces associated with elementary and secondary education that shape the talent pool; (2) traces pathways to undergraduate and graduate education in science and engineering; and (3) presents a discussion of policy areas for possible congressional action, developed under two strategies labeled "retention" and "recruitment." (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering Education, Females, Government Role, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Policy, Science Education, Secondary School Science
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 ($6.00, stock no. 052-003-01110-7).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
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