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Lecture to explore strategy to improve science, math education
Friday, March 30, 2007
A vision to improve science, technology, engineering education in the United States will outlined by Dr. Osman Yasar, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor at College at Brockport, at talk he will deliver Friday, April 13, 4 p.m. at SUNY Fredonia in 105 Fenton Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Few topics in the United States are of greater technological relevance today as Dr. Yasar’s address, “A Strategy to Improve STEM Workforce and Pedagogy to Improve Math and Science Education.”
Dr. Ziya Arnavut of the department of computer sciences on campus, noted that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will grow by 2.2 million jobs between 2000 and 2010. "86 percent of these new jobs will be in computer-related occupations," he said. "But at the same time, numbers of students majoring in STEM fields in the United States have been declining steadily, and U.S. high school seniors rank at the bottom in international math and science achievement tests."
For the United States to compete successfully in a global economy, it must strengthen math and science education. While the U.S. may not be able to match the number of college graduates churned out in STEM fields in countries such as China and India, it can counteract this number shortfall by responding qualitatively through multidisciplinary STEM education, according to Dr. Yasar.
A computational approach to math, science and technology (CMST) offers a way to practice combined STEM education in U.S. colleges. Since 1998, SUNY Brockport’s CMST program, the first established in the United States, has offered promising results for improvements in national STEM workforce and public education.
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