Attracting PhDs to K-12 Education by Committee on Attracting Science and Mathematics PhDs to K-12

By Committee on Attracting Science and Mathematics PhDs to K-12 Education: From Analysis to Implementation, Division of Policy and Global Affairs, National Research Council

The nationwide learn Council (NRC) has undertaken a three-phase undertaking to discover the opportunity of a software to draw technological know-how, arithmetic and engineering PhDs to careers in K-12 schooling. the 1st section of the venture surveyed the pursuits of modern PhDs in technology and arithmetic in pursuing careers in secondary schooling. research of the part I information means that an important percent of PhDs will be attracted to pursuing careers in secondary schooling lower than a few situations. This document from the second one part of the undertaking offers a suggestion for a countrywide demonstration software to figure out how one may possibly arrange PhDs to be effective individuals of the K-12 schooling group. The proposed application is designed to aid meet the wishes of the nation's faculties, whereas supplying additional profession possibilities for contemporary PhDs in technology, arithmetic and engineering.

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Retention strategies for the broad array of professionals in other aspects of the K-12 education system have not been a major policy concern, and there is a paucity of information from which the committee could address retention in these other types of careers. 4 Proposed Demonstration Program T his final chapter turns to the design of a demonstration program for new and recent PhDs in science, mathematics, and engineering. The committee’s proposed demonstration program is based on what was learned from Phase I of this project about the attitudes of the candidates for this program (see Appendix A), on the discussion in Chapter 3 of what prospective teachers need to know, on a few related programs that have been launched in recent years, and on the committee members’ judgment and experience.

The proposed program carries the expectation that a new community of educators will develop among the fellows, who carry the cultures of both K-12 education and their disciplines, and so contribute to a high level of science, mathematics, and technology in K-12 education across the nation. The committee strongly endorses moving to Phase III of the project: calling together potential funders and program designers to implement the program. References Alberts, B. (2000). Some thoughts of a scientist on inquiry.

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