ERIC Number: ED461478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
The Bayer Facts of Science Education III: A U.S. Student Report Card on Science Education. Executive Summary.
Hart (Peter D.) Research Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
This report highlights the findings from research conducted to uncover what the nation's students think of the science education they are receiving, how they would improve it if they could, how they think they best learn science, and how they rate their parents and teachers when it comes to science. Data collection included an in-depth telephone survey on attitudes toward science and science education among a representative nationwide sample of young people age 10 to 17 (n=1,016). Students all across the country say that science is one of their favorite subjects in school. The appeal of science has to do both with its subject matter--which children find inherently interesting--and with the opportunities it allows for exploration and direct classroom participation. Students who learn about science through hands-on methods such as experiments and team problem-solving have far more favorable attitudes toward the subject than those who learn through traditional teaching methods such as lectures and textbook reading assignments. Students give their parents and teachers high marks for the parts they play in helping them learn science. Students credit their teachers with being enthusiastic, good at relating science ideas to everyday life, and providing clear, easy-to-understand explanations. (JRH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education, Science Interests, Science Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Bayer Corporation, One 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: Hart (Peter D.) Research Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For previous editions of "Bayer Facts," see ED 460 823 and ED 396 926.