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Nov6-08, 04:22 PM
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Science Professionals: Master's Education for a Competitive World is a book published by National Academies Press. This particular one is available free in pdf format, but one has to register. I strongly recommend academics take a look at it.

Committee on Enhancing the Master's Degree in the Natural Sciences, National Research Council
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What are employer needs for staff trained in the natural sciences at the master's degree level? How do master's level professionals in the natural sciences contribute in the workplace? How do master's programs meet or support educational and career goals?

Science Professionals: Master's Education for a Competitive World examines the answers to these and other questions regarding the role of master's education in the natural sciences. The book also focuses on student characteristics and what can be learned from efforts underway to enhance the master's in the natural sciences, particularly as a professional degree.

This book is a critical tool for Congress, the federal agencies charged with carrying out the America COMPETES Act, and educational and science policy makers at the state level. Additionally, anyone with a stake in the development of professional science education (four year institutions of higher education, students, faculty, and employers) will find this book useful.
Also take a look at Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
I believe the pdf must be purchased, but it can be read online for free.
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