ERIC Number: ED318634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploration of the Nature and Quality of Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. A Report of the National Advisory Group of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (Racine, Wisconsin, January 23-26, 1989).
Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society.
This is a report of the National Advisory Groups of Sigma Xi to explore the nature and quality of undergraduate education in science, mathematics, and engineering and to identify the significant topics and issues that should be addressed in charting a policy for undergraduate education. The topics identified are: (1) "Quality of Instruction" discussing hands-on experience, reward systems, and use of teaching assistants; (2) "Quality of Curriculum" suggesting changes of entry-level courses; (3) "Quality of the Human Environment" emphasizing personal relationships among students, faculty, and administrative personnel; (4) "Quality of the Physical Environment" discussing laboratory experience and educational technology; (5) "Accessibility and Flexibility of Curricula Essential for Student Mobility"; (6) "Attitudes and Perceptions of Students, Faculties, Administrations and the Public"; and (7) "Promises and Special Needs of Traditionally Underrepresented Groups in Science, Mathematics and Engineering." In this report, the last three are interwoven into the discussion of the first four. After discussing the potential of undergraduate education, initiatives to Congress and the National Science Foundation are described. List of participants, an entry-level course sequence, and the keynote address on profile of undergraduate are appended. (YP)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Curriculum, College Environment, College Instruction, College Mathematics, College Science, College Students, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Undergraduate Study
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Publications Office, P.O. Box 13975, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (19 copies without charge; $3.00 thereafter).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Science and Engineering Education.
Authoring Institution: Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society.