Journal of Electroceramics

, Volume 22, Issue 1–3, pp 8–12 | Cite as

The next generation: Education and broadening participation in science and engineering

  • Lynnette D. Madsen
  • Guebre X. Tessema


Attention to the worldwide issues of education and equity would be beneficial for creating the next generation of scientists and engineers. Developing countries, such as Tanzania, have different needs from industrialized countries, such as the USA, however there is considerable overlap as well. A recent National Academy report entitled Rising Above the Gathering Storm makes four recommendations for enhancing the science and education enterprise for the USA. The first of these recommendations to “Increase America’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 science and mathematics education” could be applicable to many countries including third-world countries. In general, the issue in the USA circles around how well and how many of American children are receiving quality education educated. In terms of teacher education, incentives are needed to ensure that there are a sufficient number of teachers appropriately trained in their disciplines and in teaching. UTeach, a program at the University of Texas at Austin, is a model program for teacher preparation. The second part of the problem stems from the fact that America is not educating all of its most talented individuals, and the supply of scientists and engineers in the USA is at risk over the long-term due to changing demographics. This report has brought to the forefront the need to educate a broad cross-section of citizens. Women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Native Alaskans and Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities are under-represented in most science and engineering fields. The USA’s National Science Foundation (NSF) has a leadership role in addressing these concerns at many levels.


Broadening participation Diversity Inclusiveness Education Developing countries Tanzania USA 



The authors thank Prof. Nava Setter for her invite and encouraging comments, and also for arranging the entire meeting and this session in the lovely setting of Tanzania. Prof. Michael Marder is thanked for his data and many interesting conversations about teacher preparation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Science FoundationDivision of Materials ResearchArlingtonUSA

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