ERIC Number: ED307781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Purchase and Possession: A National Database for the Scientifically, Mathematically and Technologically Talented and Discussant Reactions.
Sawyer, Robert N.
This conference presentation discusses the place, framework, and importance of establishing a national database of academic talent in mathematics, science, and technology. A vision of such a database is presented, in which educators and researchers are urged to transform rationales for research from the reactive toward the active, to turn from a rhetoric of desperation toward opportunity and enriching challenges. The talent search process, conducted through regional programs at Duke University (North Carolina), Johns Hopkins University (Maryland), University of Denver (Colorado), and Northwestern University (Illinois), is described, along with the electronic databases being used and the database contents. A confederation of the four talent search programs is called for, with the responsibility to develop: a reporting system; policies and procedures for location, staffing, and governance; and a mechanism for regulating use of data. A discussant reaction by Robert Thompson notes that the national database is not the end point, but an essential vehicle for accomplishing the goals of guiding the harvest of talent and evaluating its yield. Several critical questions in developing a conceptual framework for such a database are outlined. A second reaction by E. James Maxey describes how microcomputer technology could be used to achieve the goals of the national database. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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.