ERIC Number: ED359025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-11
Reference Count: N/A
Traditional and Nontraditional Sources of Future Research Scientists. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Investigation and Oversight of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
This document presents a transcript of the hearing to examine undergraduate science education in relation to the traditional and nontraditional sources of future research scientists. Two specific aspects of the topic were identified for examination: (1) successful methods of science education employed at small liberal arts schools; and (2) what can be done to increase participation of underrepresented groups in science. The Subcommittee heard testimony from 10 witnesses representing small colleges successful in producing mathematics and science majors and in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in science. Testimony: (1) highlighted aspects of the Project Kaleidoscope report; (2) pointed out the poor state of science and mathematics education in the United States today and discussed four initiatives for undergraduate studies that might help rectify that situation; (3) cited the apprenticeship model of education and the work ethic of traditional small liberal arts college students as reasons for their success in supplying future scientists; (4) attributed the success of undergraduate institutions in developing future scientists to the participation of the students in undergraduate research that stimulates student interest in science; (5) discussed undergraduate and minority high school student research projects that contribute to the interest in science careers; (6) discussed the contributions of historically black colleges in providing future scientists; (7) discussed strategies to attract members of underrepresented groups into science; (8) addressed the issues of recruitment and retention of women in science; (9) discussed collaborative efforts with universities and schools to attract girls and minorities into science; and (10) discussed the National Science Foundation's role in Project Kaleidoscope. Prepared statements and other supplemental materials submitted by the witnesses are included. (MDH)
Descriptors: Demand Occupations, Employment Projections, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Human Resources, Minority Groups, Recruitment, Researchers, Science and Society, Science Careers, Scientists, Small Colleges
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.