ERIC Number: ED449030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Beyond Description of the Problems: Directions for Research on Diversity and Equity Issues in K-12 Mathematics and Science Education. National Institute for Science Education Forum (5th, Detroit, Michigan, May 2000).
Britton, Edward; Raizen, Senta; Kaser, Joyce; Porter, Andrew
When entering this new millennium, educators and researchers need to know much more about how to address the increasingly acute diversity and equity issues in educating children in mathematics and science. This headline was the conclusion of the over 200 distinguished panelists, chairs, discussants, featured speakers, and participants who conferred at the May 2000 Annual Forum of the National Institute for Science Education (NISE). This report draws upon the papers, presentations, and discussions of the most recent NISE Forum. Chapters 2-4 are each based on a different source of information from the NISE Forum. Chapter 2 includes keynote speeches, chapter 3 presents papers by Forum panelists and remarks made by the panels' discussants, and chapter 4 provides information on the participants' small group discussions. The beginning of chapter 2--a synthesis of all the sources of information arising from the Forum--is the heart of this report. It emphasizes directions for future research on diversity and equity within the topics of course availability, assignment of students to courses and assignments of teachers; content, instructional practices, and assessments for diverse learners; effectiveness and scaling up of programs; and inadequate teacher preparation, induction, and professional development. The synthesis begins with a discussion of the need to continue a discourse on what diversity and equity goals the mathematics and science education communities are pursuing, since goals strongly affect both research directions and methods. This opening section ends by discussing improved research methods and the need for better dissemination of existing research. The second part of chapter 2 gives a broader overview of future research directions by presenting the Forum's three keynote speeches. Kent McGuire and Judith Sunley, director of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) and interim director of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Education and Human Resources Directorate respectively, launched the Forum by advancing a "big-picture" perspective of the need for future research and describing how OERI and NSF programs are addressing them. Drawing upon his decades of experience, closing speaker Edmund Gordon from Yale University and the Education Testing Service (ETS) provided a historical perspective that should affect future research directions. Chapter 3 contains short papers written by each of the Forum's nine major speakers who served on three panels. The brief papers emphasize future research directions and are derived from the advanced papers these speakers wrote for the Forum. The longer papers address the issues of "What do we know?" and "What do we need to know?" The papers in chapter 3 are presented in the order of their presentation at the Forum. After each panel's papers, the chapter includes the remarks of another expert who served as a discussant. Chapter 4 begins with a short summary of Forum participant comments. Each participant was asked to write a 10-minute "think piece" during each of 3 small group discussions. The summary incorporates numerous illustrative quotes from these think pieces. The second part of chapter 4 consists of remarks made at the Forum's closing session by six participants who served as "reporters" for the small group discussions. (Contains 36 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Diversity (Student), Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Futures (of Society), Mathematics Education, Racial Factors, Science Education, Sex Differences
National Center for Improving Science Education, 1726 M Street NW, Suite 704, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Improving Science Education, Washington, DC.; WestEd, Los Alamitos, CA.