ERIC Number: ED184820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
What Do Young Adults Know About Science? Some Results From Two National Assessments.
Holmes, Barbara J.; Wright, David
Data for this report come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), gathered in three science assessments of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds, and young adults. The assessments were conducted in 1969-70, 1972-73, and 1976-77. This paper focuses on changes in science knowledge of young adults from the second assessment to the third assessment and compares performance of young adults with that of 17-year-olds. Results report a uniform decline in scientific literacy among young adults and 17-year-olds, with no difference between the two groups in their performance on science exercises. Observations are also noted regarding patterns of responses as to gender, minority groups, and social factors. (CS) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Change).
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science, Young Adults
National Assessment of Educational Progress, Education Commission of the States, Suite 700, 1860 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80295 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.