ERIC Number: EJ851182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
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Science at the Crossroads? The Decline of Science in Australian Higher Education
Dobson, Ian R.
Tertiary Education and Management, v12 n2 p183-195 Jun 2006
The Australian Government has stressed the important role universities play in producing knowledge workers to service the needs of the technology-driven "new economy". The massification of Australian higher education from 1989 rapidly increased the stock of university-educated people in all disciplines. Although university science enrolments also grew, analysis reveals both that the growth rate has been considerably less than the sector average, and that there has been a serious decline in the number of students being trained in the enabling sciences: chemistry, mathematics and physics. Recent Government policies are unlikely to reverse this critical decline.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Science Education, Declining Enrollment, College Role, Enrollment Trends, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia