The 2015 Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey
Twenty-Year Benchmark Survey Reveals Critical Need To Improve Science Education in the United States
Positive strides have been made since 1995 to advance science literacy in the United States, but teachers and parents agree that more hands-on, experiential learning must be adopted in order to improve science education for future generations, according to the results of the 2015 Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey released in September. The 2015 Bayer survey presents the findings of a national telephone survey conducted May 11 to June 11, 2015 by SSRS among a representative sample of 1,009 adults with children in grades K-5 and a representative sample of 1,002 of adult teachers who teach in grades K-5.
For 20 years, Bayer has issued the survey, which assesses science education in the United States and evaluates its development. The 2015 survey included many benchmark questions from the 1995 survey to assess how the state of science education has evolved. Although progress had been made, survey results emphasize the critical need to improve science education and literacy for future generations. Teachers, for example, universally agree (99 percent) that more hands-on experiential learning in general would benefit student learning.
In response, Bayer is announcing a five-year commitment to provide 1 million hands-on science learning experiences for children by 2020, timed to the 20th anniversary of the Making Science Make Sense® program, Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy across the United States.