ERIC Number: ED460823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
The Bayer Facts of Science Education: An Assessment of Elementary School Parent and Teacher Attitudes toward Science Education. Executive Summary.
Research Communications, Ltd., Dedham, MA.
This paper reports on a nationwide, random telephone survey conducted with parents and teachers of children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The survey measured parents' and teachers': (1) interest in and attitudes toward science; (2) comfort level teaching and talking about science; (3) use of hands-on science activities and teaching methods; (4) perceived support for science reform in school systems; and (5) overall assessments of the current and future status of science education. While parents and teachers view science as a very important subject for children in grades K-5, teachers do not feel highly qualified to teach science. Most teachers also feel that the current emphasis on science education in the schools should increase, and most feel that there should be an increase in the use of the hands-on approach to science instruction. Providing teachers and parents with training, support, and materials may be the first step to achieving true science education reform. (AA)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Employment, Hands on Science, Human Resources, Problem Solving, Science Activities, Teaching Methods
Bayer Corporation, 1 Mellon Center, 500 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2507.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bayer Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Authoring Institution: Research Communications, Ltd., Dedham, MA.
Note: In cooperation with the National Science Foundation's National Science and Technology Week.