ERIC Number: ED338498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Mathematics Education: Wellspring of U.S. Industrial Strength. Report of the Wellspring Symposium (Irvine, California, December 15-16, 1988).
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Mathematical Sciences Education Board.
More than 175 representatives from business, industry, government, and educational institutions gathered to discuss shared concerns about quantitative and problem-solving skills of the work force, linking mathematics education to the health and competitiveness of U.S. business and industry. The primary goals of the conference were to bring the perspectives of business and industry to those concerned with reform in mathematics education, and to seek shared viewpoints that can serve as a collective focus for future collaborative actions. This report includes: (1) an introduction; (2) a brief sketch of the changing U.S. workplace; (3) a concise description of the changing American work force; (4) an essay on the present state of affairs as well as prospects for change within mathematics education; (5) a listing of some of the reported successful collaborative efforts in which business and industry have already supplied schools with talent, enthusiasm, expertise, equipment, and support; (6) an enumeration of ideas for increased corporate advocacy of mathematical reform efforts beyond direct intervention with the professional development of teachers and administrators; (7) a list of working papers that are available upon request from the Mathematical Sciences Education Board; and (8) a list of participants from this Wellspring Symposium. (JJK)
Descriptors: Corporate Support, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Leadership, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Work Environment
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Mathematical Sciences Education Board.