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US lags in science education because it excels in science research

The argument of this study is that there are only so many hours in a day.  Faculty want to focus on teaching, but believe that their Universities only value research.  “It appears, then, that many universities—and by extension, their faculty—treat research and teaching as a zero-sum game: as more time and energy is invested in one endeavor, the amount of resources that can be allocated to the other drops.”  The article explicitly claims that the US lags in science education because it leads in science research.  What does that imply for computing education, when the US is a world leader in computing research?

Recent studies have shown that American students greatly underperform many of their global peers in the science sections of standardized tests. The US has the largest economy in the world and spends a disproportionately large percent of its GDP on scientific research, so why aren’t our students excelling in science? The problem may not be purely financial: science programs in both rich and poor nations are not educating students as effectively as they should. A new study from Nature Publishing Group (NPG) suggests that emphasis on research at the expense of teaching at the university level may be partially responsible for the scientific underperformance of advanced students worldwide.

via Science education vs. research: a zero-sum game?.

April 30, 2010 at 10:33 am 9 comments


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