ASQ/Harris Survey Shows Mixed Reviews for Science Te
ASQ to Make Engineers Available to Nation’s Schools
January 13, 2010 07:03 AM Eastern Time
MILWAUKEE--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--U.S. K-12 teachers get high marks for science smarts, but their grade drops sig
comes to connecting learning to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career options. According to a new youth surv
online by Harris Interactive® on behalf of ASQ (American Society for Quality), www.asq.org, 63 percent of youth1 say their teach
good job of talking to them about engineering careers, and 42 percent feel their teachers aren’t good at showing them how science
The ASQ survey is aimed at uncovering how well teachers translate their knowledge and passion for science to getting kids excited
and science careers. This is in light of the Obama administration’s “Educate to Innovate" campaign—a nationwide effort by U.S. co
foundations, nonprofits and science and engineering societies to help move America to the top of the pack in math and science educ
The survey, fielded in December, asked 1,134 students in grades 3-12 to provide an A-F scaled report card on their science teach
l Eighty-five percent of students say their teachers deserve at least a “B” grade when it comes to knowledge about science top
percent giving them an “A.”
l Nearly one third of students give their teachers a “C” or lower for making science more exciting and fun to learn and assignin
projects in the classroom.
l Younger students (3-6 grades) rate their science teachers higher for making science exciting and hands-on than older student
rate their science teachers.
Girls Give Lower Marks for Engineering Encouragement
When teachers do promote engineering and science careers, they are doing it more with boys than girls.
l Girls (20 percent) are more likely than boys (12 percent) to give teachers a failing “F” grade for discussing engineering as a fu
Forty-eight percent of girls give a C or lower grade for showing how science