'Educator Edition: 2015 National Survey on STEM Education' Details the Current Landscape of Science and STEM Education
Free report sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology provides educators with valuable insights on NGSS, STEM priorities and challenges, and more
Jun 29, 2015, 08:00 ET
BEAVERTON, Ore., June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Covering topics ranging from the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to priorities for science and STEM courses, the 2015 Educator Edition: National Survey on STEM Education provides educators with valuable insights on the current landscape of science and STEM education in the United States. The report, which is written by IESD, Inc., an independent market research firm, and sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, can be downloaded for free at http://www.vernier.com/forms/stem_report/.
The report provides thoughts and perspectives from more than 5,000 science and STEM educators nationwide regarding the topics of state science curriculum standards, including the adoption of NGSS; STEM programs, courses, and initiatives in districts and schools; priorities for science and STEM courses; challenges facing STEM education in the United States; instructional tools and resources for science and STEM education; and, teacher professional development for science and STEM education. The list of educators from which the sample was drawn was provided by MCH Strategic Data, an independent compiler of education data.
"The new report provides a comprehensive overview of science and STEM education in today's classrooms," said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. "Both STEM education and the Next Generation Science Standards are changing how educators teach science, and this report helps educators understand how their peers think about science and engineering practices, technology in education, and professional development."
The report details, for example, the most frequently identified high-priority experiences to provide to students in science and STEM courses based on the "Science and Engineering Practices" listed in the NGSS. These experiences include analyzing and interpreting data (70%), planning and carrying out investigations (59%), and defining real-world problems to be solved through research and engineering (46%).
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 34 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to University. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students' critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.
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