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A Priority for California's Future: Science for Students

Published: November 2010

Publisher(s): Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning

Funder(s): S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Related Organization(s): Belden Russonello & Stewart, Inverness Research, SRI International, Stone's Throw Communications, University of California, Berkeley

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Area of Focus: STEM


Based on a survey and focus groups, the report examines Californians’ views on science education, including its priority relative to other subjects, timing, amount, quality of instruction, adequacy of resources, and conditions required for improvement.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= Californians strongly believe that science education should be a top priority for all schools because it keeps America and California at the forefront of technology and innovation.

= A majority of Californians believe that science education should be implemented by the third grade and that there should be an increase in the amount of science education taught in schools.

= The top three suggestions for improving the quality of science education in California are: more resources/better science equipment in classrooms, more training for science teachers, and more time spent on science education in high school.

- There is a need for more transparency and communication between parents and schools.  Californians have a positive view of teachers, but many admit that they do not know much about the science programs offered at their child’s school and are unsure about the adequacy of teachers’ background in science education.

Geographic Focus: California

Subjects/Keywords:  Science/Technology; Elementary and Secondary Education; Curriculum Development; Teacher Quality; Educational Standards; Faculty/Staff Development;

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