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Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators:  Students, Parents and Educators Speak Up about Science Education  

The report highlights the Speak Up 2007 science education findings and discusses students' experiences with science education and how it might be improved so that students will be successful in the 21st century.

Selected findings:

  • What do students want in their ultimate science classroom?
    Having a teacher excited about science is the #1 response from parents and students. Additional features include:
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  • Do kids think that science is important to their future?
    One-half of middle and high school students say that learning science is important for success in high school and college. 40% say that it helps develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. 46% acknowledge that they may want a job someday in science and learning science is important to achieve that goal.

  • Are they interested in science careers?
    On average 1 in 5 students (3rd-12th grade) report they are very interested in a job in science, math, technology or engineering. More importantly, an additional 34% of students (3rd-12th grade) say they may be interested in a career in a STEM field if they knew more about those jobs.

  • Should improving science education be a top national priority? 
    2 out of 3 parents, teachers and school and district administrators agree that improving science education should be a top national priority. 

Speak Up is a national research project conducted 100% online with surveys available for your K-12 students, teachers, parents, administrators and board members.We share the aggregated national data with federal and state policy leaders - participating schools (and districts) get free, online access to their own aggregated data with national benchmarks.

 

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