Preparing the next generation of teachers at all levels from kindergarten through college is higher education’s greatest current opportunity. Getting it right may be our greatest challenge. The face of science and technology is by deﬁnition changing constantly. Today, many feel that the most important work in science is going on increasingly at and across the interfaces of the traditional discipline. To serve our society well, education in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology must change accordingly. In my view, curricula at all levels (K-16) too often continue to reﬂect only the narrow traditional disciplinary approaches that science has taken in the past, in part due to the existing political structures within academe. Teachers should both appreciate and have understanding of the interdisciplinarity of scientific thought and technological application. I propose that the preparation of all future elementary school teachers contain an interdisciplinary emphasis encompassing all the sciences including mathematics; and that middle and high school science and mathematics teachers’ training be largely interdisciplinary in nature as well.
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Watson, R. F.
"Higher Education's Greatest Current Opportunity and Responsibility,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 2
, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol2/iss2/9