Who Will Do Science?: Educating the Next Generation

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The question "Who will do science?" is one of growing urgency in the United States. Fewer U.S. college students are choosing to study math, science, and engineering--and half of those who do eventually switch to nonscience majors. Moreover, U.S. students do not perform well on science and math achievement tests or in international competitions. If current trends continue, there will be a serious shortage of qualified candidates to fill the vacancies when scientists trained in ...

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Overview

The question "Who will do science?" is one of growing urgency in the United States. Fewer U.S. college students are choosing to study math, science, and engineering--and half of those who do eventually switch to nonscience majors. Moreover, U.S. students do not perform well on science and math achievement tests or in international competitions. If current trends continue, there will be a serious shortage of qualified candidates to fill the vacancies when scientists trained in the 1950s and 1960s retire.

In Who Will Do Science? scholars and policy analysts from a variety of disciplines describe the present demographic situation, analyze the effectiveness of current programs for recruitment and retention, and examine policies that will improve the education of tomorrow's scientists and engineers. Topics discussed include the motives of students as they consider careers; the attitudes and influence of parents, teachers, and peers; the challenges faced by women and minorities; and the need for financial support during the lengthy training required to pursue careers in science.

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Scholars and policy analysts point out the alarming dearth of science, math, and engineering students, and ponder how to educate and train Americans to take over when the current generation of scientists retires. The topics include the demographic underpinnings, barriers to women, black colleges and universities, bachelor and doctorate degrees, future supply and demand, and human resource management policies. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801848575
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1982
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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Willie Pearson, Jr., is professor of sociology at Wake Forest University. Alan Fechter is executive director of the Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel at the National Research Council.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers: Who's in the Pipeline? 1
Ch. 2 Investing in Human Potential: Policies and Programs in Higher Education 20
Ch. 3 Barriers to Women's Participation in Academic Science and Engineering 43
Ch. 4 The Contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the Production of African American Scientists and Engineers 68
Ch. 5 Bachelor's Degree Chemists, 1970-1990: Past Choices and Future Prospects 81
Ch. 6 Trends in Science and Engineering Doctorate Production, 1975-1990 96
Ch. 7 Future Supply and Demand: Cloudy Crystal Balls 125
Ch. 8 Human Resources in Science and Engineering: Policy Implications 141
References 153
Contributors 167
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