Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Systemic Reform

February 8, 2006

A view of a system requires understanding the whole in terms of interacting component subsystems, boundaries, inputs and outs, feedback and relationships.

– National Research Council, 1996 http://www.nas.edu/rise/backg3.htm

Perspectives from educational associations, think-tanks, and disciplinary communities on shaping a 21st century infrastructure that supports the nation's scientific and technological communities are presented in Part II of PKAL’s Report on Reports II, 2006. Their analyses and recommendations amplify the need for structural change called for by leading national groups whose reports are presented in Part I of this PKAL publication.

In PKAL Volume IV postings during February and March, single reports from Part II will be presented. Ideas and issues raised in each individual report will be extended, and links to further resources provided. Our intent is that this series informs local, regional and national efforts to achieve "systemic reform" of the educational system undergirding America’s scientific and technological communities.