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Olson, Steve – National Academies Press, 2017
Engineering is a small but growing part of K-12 education. Curricula that use the principles and practices of engineering are providing opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students to design solutions to problems of immediate practical and societal importance. Professional development programs are showing teachers how to use…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Engineering, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Policy
Beatty, Alexandra; Schweingruber, Heidi – National Academies Press, 2017
Science educators in the United States are adapting to a new vision of how students learn science. Children are natural explorers and their observations and intuitions about the world around them are the foundation for science learning. Unfortunately, the way science has been taught in the United States has not always taken advantage of those…
Descriptors: Science Education, Student Evaluation, Science Tests, Elementary Secondary Education
Gentile, James, Ed.; Brenner, Kerry, Ed.; Stephens, Amy, Ed. – National Academies Press, 2017
Undergraduate research has a rich history, and many practicing researchers point to undergraduate research experiences (UREs) as crucial to their own career success. There are many ongoing efforts to improve undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that focus on increasing the active engagement of students…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, STEM Education, Student Participation
Malcom, Shirley, Ed.; Feder, Michael, Ed. – National Academies Press, 2016
Nearly 40 percent of the students entering 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions indicated their intention to major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in 2012. But the barriers to students realizing their ambitions are reflected in the fact that about half of those with the intention to earn a STEM bachelor's degree and…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Students, STEM Education, Majors (Students)
Pool, Robert – National Academies Press, 2016
On February 16, 2016, the National Academy of Engineering held a forum to discuss proposed changes to criteria used by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) to accredit engineering programs in colleges and universities around the world. The Forum on Proposed Revisions to ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Accreditation (Institutions), College Programs, Outcomes of Education
National Academies Press, 2016
Research universities are critical contributors to our national research enterprise. They are the principal source of a world-class labor force and fundamental discoveries that enhance our lives and the lives of others around the world. These institutions help to create an educated citizenry capable of making informed and crucial choices as…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Federal Regulation, Productivity, Federal Aid
Snow, Catherine E., Ed.; Dibner, Kenne A., Ed. – National Academies Press, 2016
Science is a way of knowing about the world. At once a process, a product, and an institution, science enables people to both engage in the construction of new knowledge as well as use information to achieve desired ends. Access to science--whether using knowledge or creating it--necessitates some level of familiarity with the enterprise and…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction, Literature Reviews, Scientific Research
Rosenbaum, Sara, Ed.; Simon, Patti, Ed. – National Academies Press, 2016
Speech and language are central to the human experience; they are the vital means by which people convey and receive knowledge, thoughts, feelings, and other internal experiences. Acquisition of communication skills begins early in childhood and is foundational to the ability to gain access to culturally transmitted knowledge, organize and share…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Language Impairments, Speech Impairments, Children
Alper, Joe – National Academies Press, 2016
The future competitiveness of the United States in an increasingly interconnected global economy depends on the nation fostering a workforce with strong capabilities and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). STEM knowledge and skills enable both individual opportunity and national competitiveness, and the nation needs…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Labor Force Development, Workshops, Competition
National Academies Press, 2016
Chemistry plays a critical role in daily life, impacting areas such as medicine and health, consumer products, energy production, the ecosystem, and many other areas. Communicating about chemistry in informal environments has the potential to raise public interest and understanding of chemistry around the world. However, the chemistry community…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Communication Strategies, School Community Relationship, Information Dissemination
National Academies Press, 2016
The World Health Organization defines the social determinants of health as "the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life." These forces and systems include economic policies, development agendas, cultural and social norms, social policies,…
Descriptors: Health Education, Barriers, Social Influences, Professional Education
Matchett, Karin; Dahlberg, Maria Lund; Rudin, Thomas – National Academies Press, 2016
Students, parents, and government agencies need as much information as possible about the outcomes of the higher education experience and the extent to which they can expect a fair return on their investment in higher education. In order to better understand the concept of quality--enabling students to acquire knowledge in a variety of disciplines…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Outcomes of Education, Undergraduate Study, Workshops
National Academies Press, 2016
U.S. strength in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines has formed the basis of innovations, technologies, and industries that have spurred the nation's economic growth throughout the last 150 years. Universities are essential to the creation and transfer of new knowledge that drives innovation. This knowledge moves…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Labor Force Development, Change Strategies, Best Practices
National Academies Press, 2016
Ethical practice in engineering is critical for ensuring public trust in the field and in its practitioners, especially as engineers increasingly tackle international and socially complex problems that combine technical and ethical challenges. This report aims to raise awareness of the variety of exceptional programs and strategies for improving…
Descriptors: Ethics, Engineering Education, Social Problems, Consciousness Raising
National Academies Press, 2016
A growing body of evidence indicates that, increasingly, the public is engaging with science in a wide range of informal environments, which can be any setting outside of school such as community-based programs, festivals, libraries, or home. Yet undergraduate and graduate schools often don't prepare scientists for public communication. This…
Descriptors: Science Education, Chemistry, Evidence Based Practice, Information Dissemination
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