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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Poll: How science should be taught

By Valerie Strauss

A national survey released Thursday shows that big percentages of science teachers and parents believe that kids should learn science by engaging in hands-on experiments but only 22 percent of teachers feel they have the resources needed to conduct them.

Harris Interactive® conducted the study online within the United States between July 22 and August 4, 2010, among 300 parents (18 and older) of children in grades K-12 and 235 K-12 science teachers (18 and older). It was done on behalf of iBIO Institute and Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

The survey of science teachers and parents explored their overall attitudes on science education in the United States, including parental involvement and the role of technology. The other major findings of the survey include:

• Two-thirds of parents (68 percent) say they are either involved or very involved in their child’s science education and 95 percent have done at least one science-related activity with their child.

• However, a majority of science teachers (70 percent) feel strongly that parents should be more involved in their child’s science education. Also, two-thirds of science teachers (67 percent) would like parents to be more involved, compared to only 27 percent of parents who express a strong desire to be more involved.

• Additionally, science teachers are almost three times more likely than parents to say that parents often don’t understand their child’s science lessons (94 percent of science teachers vs. 32 percent of parents).

• Almost all science teachers (91 percent) and parents (85 percent) agree that technology is not being used as much as it should be in science education today.

• Large majorities of science teachers and parents agree that Internet access (89 percent and 78 percent, respectively), films/videos (88 percent, 78 percent), computer stations (86 percent, 74 percent) and smartboards (85 percent, 60 percent) are technology resources that should be used in the science classroom.

• Almost all science teachers (96 percent) and parents (95 percent) agree science education needs to be improved.

• Virtually every science teacher (98 percent) says there is a critical need for more resources in science education today; over three quarters (77 percent) strongly agree. Only 22 percent of science teachers feel they have the resources needed to conduct hands-on experiments.


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By Valerie Strauss  | October 28, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Science  | Tags:  how to teach science, parent involvement, science, science lessons, science teachers, teaching, teaching science  
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Comments

[...] but only 22 percent of teachers feel they have the resources needed to conduct them.
Maybe the German and EU-wide Roberta-Initiative (www.roberta-home.eu) gives an answer.

Regards
Simone

Posted by: simOSne | October 28, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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