ERIC Number: ED317422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Federal Support for Undergraduate Laboratory Work in Physics. A Statement by the American Association of Physics Teachers.
American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, MD.
The teaching laboratory in physics departments in colleges and universities is a source of great potential strength in undergraduate education. Recent surveys and conferences, have identified inadequate teaching equipment and laboratory development. This report reviews these problems and offers suggestions for an enhanced federal effort to solve them. The role of experimental work in undergraduate physics and the need for improvement of instrumentation and course content are described. The objectives and history of the National Science Foundation's improvement program are outlined. The negative consequences of exclusion of doctoral institutions from the program support are discussed. Recommendations are made related to: (1) locus of responsibility; (2) funding; (3) terms of the competition; (4) laboratory development; (5) budget items; (6) improvement of the present situation; (7) regular evaluation; and (8) responsibilities of physics departments and their institutions. (YP)
Descriptors: College Science, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Higher Education, Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, Physics, Science Equipment, Science Laboratories, Undergraduate Study
American Association of Physics Teachers, 5112 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, MD.