ERIC Number: ED307780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of Developing Leadership Potential of Youth with Talent in Mathematics and Science and Discussant Reactions.
Clark, Kenneth E.
This paper argues that the search for and development of talent in science and mathematics must not be so circumscribed that every young person found with that talent be captured for science and mathematics careers. Talented youth should also be prepared for broader roles in the betterment of society. Leadership needs to be strengthened, in the hope that society might be better governed. Studies of top leaders indicate that good leaders need to learn, to be tested by experience, and to examine and review what they learned. To make this happen, it is necessary to attract into leadership responsibilities talented and well-educated persons, by offering talented youth a broad and liberal education that builds commitment and concern, an understanding of our social institutions, and an ability to engage the rigorous and analytical processes that characterize good science. Earl Dowell offers a reaction to the paper by exploring the backgrounds of such leaders as U.S. Presidents and chief executive officers of major corporations, and also comments briefly on career selection of young people. Edward Sherburne, Jr. argues that the use of academic achievement to identify talent is too restrictive, and offers several recommendations to identify other forms of talent. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Dreyden, Julia I. Ed.; And Others. Developing Talent in Mathematics, Science and Technology: A Conference on Academic Talent (Durham, North Carolina, March 28-30, 1988); see EC 220 285.