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Teaching Science During a Pandemic
With over 100,000 schools, 3 million teachers (over 1 million of whom teach science), and 50 million students, the U.S. has a potentially effective and efficient means for conveying accurate information about COVID-19—what the disease is, how it spreads, and how to prevent it from spreading. We have a narrow window of opportunity to study a critically important phenomenon—how teachers, particularly science teachers, respond when urgent, science-related issues like COVID-19 emerge.
All K–12 teachers of science are strongly encouraged to participate, whether or not they have taught about COVID-19. Participants will initially complete a brief online registration. They will later be asked to complete a brief, online questionnaire addressing the study research questions (see below). All survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 50, $100 cash prizes. Study registration will end on June 14; survey administration will begin in mid-June.
Focus of the Study
Horizon Research, Inc., with a grant from the National Science Foundation, is conducting the study to address the following questions:
- Where do K–12 teachers of science get their information about coronavirus and COVID-19, and what types of resources do they find most useful? What resources do teachers need but not have access to?
- What factors influence whether and how science teachers address coronavirus and COVID-19 in their instruction?
- How have science teachers addressed coronavirus and COVID-19, whether viruses and disease transmission are part of their curriculum or not?
Importance of the Teaching Science During a Pandemic Study
Urgent science-related issues like COVID-19 will continue to emerge, and teachers of science are uniquely positioned convey accurate information. The Teaching Science During a Pandemic study will generate important knowledge about how teachers respond in such situations. This knowledge can change how a nation responds, mobilizing a force of over one million science teachers to ensure that the response is based on scientific evidence.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-2027397. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.