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ERIC Number: EJ882056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0278-3193
The State of Science and Mathematics Education in State-Supported Residential Academies: A Nationwide Survey
Pfeiffer, Steven I.; Overstreet, J. Marguerite; Park, Andrew
Roeper Review, v32 n1 p25-31 2010
The present article reports on a survey of the state of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in state-supported residential academies nationwide. Sixteen state-supported residential academies completed a comprehensive survey. Findings indicate that the great majority of public residential academies nationwide view themselves as STEM academies. These unique, state-affiliated, residential academic-year programs, specifically designed for selected gifted high-school students, provide extensive and unique research opportunities. For example, 87.5% of the residential academies provide their students with access to outside labs/facilities to support research efforts. Equally noteworthy, 37.5% of the schools integrate STEM content into their humanities curriculum. One unanticipated finding was that only one third of the 16 state-supported residential academies offer advanced placement (AP) courses. Implications are provided for encouraging America's pool of academically gifted high-school students, particularly those with special aptitude and interest in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (Contains 2 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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