A Recent Survey Shows Students Want to Learn. Here are some of the results from that survey.
When it comes to STEM education, high school students across the nation want to see changes made in teaching methods and more access to resources outside of the classroom experience. Students want more tangible learning opportunities. Students find things like learning from textbooks less engaging than hands-on learning methods. Moving away from textbooks would arguably be the most significant shift in education since the dawn of textbooks themselves.
More interesting information the survey revealed about what students want:
- 81 percent of all students are interested in science, with 73 percent of the students that were surveyed showing an interest in biology. This is great news because recent reports have found that science and technology degrees have been decreasing in the U.S.
- Students who are interested in biology classes identified teachers and classes as the most influential factor to their career choices.
- Only 32 percent know an adult that works in a science-based career, and only 22 percent of students know someone that holds a job involving biology.
- The survey found that hands-on learning is the best way for students to learn. Experiments and field-trips showed that they were the most effective in engaging kids to learn, and as a result are also their favorite ways to learn.