Science Market, Grades 3-12: Teaching Methods, Textbook/Supplements Used and Needed, and Market Size

Published: January 31, 2009 - 226 Pages

Table of Contents

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • METHOD
    • Table Sampling Matrix
  • ANALYSIS OF SURVEY RESULTS
    • Response Rates And Demographics Of Survey Sample
    • The Current Role Of The Core Science Textbook
    • Science Textbooks Currently Adopted
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks, Overall Survey Sample
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks, Classroom Teachers (Grades 3-5)
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks, Science Teachers (Grades 6-12)
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For General Science
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For Earth Science
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For Physical Science
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For Life Science
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For Biology
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For Chemistry
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For Physics
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks For Integrated Science
    • Age Of Currently Adopted Textbooks
    • Level Of Satisfaction With Currently Adopted Science Textbooks
    • The Current Role Of Hands-On Science Programs
      • Table Alternatives To The Traditional Core Science Textbook
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Hands-On Science Programs
    • Technology Usage For Science Instruction
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Comprehensive Courseware Programs
    • Science High-Stakes Testing
      • Table Sub-Groups Reporting "High-Stakes" Science Testing With Above Average Frequency
      • Table Reported Frequency Of "High-Stakes" Science Testing By Grade
    • Science Test Preparation Programs And Materials
    • Ranking Of Sources For Science Supplies And Equipment
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Supplies/Equipment Vendors
    • Types Of Materials Used On A Frequent Basis
      • Table Types Of Materials Used On A Frequent Basis - Books/Print Materials
      • Table Types Of Materials Used On A Frequent Basis – Audiovisual
      • Table Types Of Materials Used On A Frequent Basis – Activities
      • Table Types Of Materials Used On A Frequent Basis – Reference
      • Table Types Of Materials Used On A Frequent Basis - Electronic Media
      • Table Types Of Materials Used On A Frequent Basis - Teacher Resource
    • Expenditures For Science Instructional Materials And Market Size
      • Table Average Classroom Expenditure By Type Of Material
      • Table Historical Estimates Of Science Materials Spending, 2002-03 To 2008-09
    • Demand For New Science Instructional Materials By Grade And Course
      • Table High Demand Topics For Grades 3-5
      • Table High Demand Topics For Grades 6-8
      • Table High Demand Topics For Grades 9-12
      • Table High Demand Topics For General Science
      • Table High Demand Topics For Earth Science
      • Table High Demand Topics For Physical Science
      • Table High Demand Topics For Life Science
      • Table High Demand Topics For Biology
      • Table High Demand Topics For Chemistry
      • Table High Demand Topics For Physics
      • Table High Demand Topics For Integrated Science
  • ADOPTION VS. OPEN TERRITORY STATES: ROLE OF THE CORE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK
    • Table Science Textbook Usage, Adoption vs. Open Territory States
    • Table Science Textbook Usage, Comparison Of Four Large States
    • Table Science Textbook Satisfaction Level, Adoption vs. Open Territory States
    • Table Science Textbook Satisfaction Level, Comparison Of Four Large States
    • Table Science Textbook Age, Comparison Of Four Large States
    • Table Future Reliance On A Core Science Textbook, Comparison Of Four Large States
    • Table Science High-Stakes Testing, Comparison Of Four Large States
    • Table Science Test Preparation, Comparison Of Four Large States
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
    • Instructional Materials Used And Needed
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks, Classroom Teachers (Grades 3-5)
      • Table Most Frequently Cited Science Textbooks, Science Teachers (Grades 6-12)
    • Demand For New Science Instructional Materials
    • Expenditures For Science Instructional Materials And Market Size
      • Table Historical Estimates Of Science Materials Spending, 2002-03 To 2008-09
    • Key Trends In The Science Market Segment
  • APPENDIX: DATA TABLES
    • EDUCATION MARKET RESEARCH: 2008 NATIONAL SURVEY OF SCIENCE PROGRAMS
      • Table STATE OF RESIDENCE
      • Table REGION
      • Table WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING MOST CLOSELY DESCRIBES YOUR POSITION?
      • Table IF YOU ARE A SCIENCE TEACHER, WHICH SPECIFIC COURSE(S) DO YOU TEACH?
      • Table WHAT GRADE(S) DO YOU CURRENTLY TEACH OR SUPERVISE?
      • Table HOW MANY YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
      • Table IN WHAT TYPE OF AREA IS YOUR DISTRICT LOCATED?
      • Table WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS BEST DESCRIBES YOUR SCIENCE PROGRAM?
      • Table IF YOU DO HAVE A CORE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK, WHICH ONE DO YOU USE AS YOUR PRIMARY TEACHING RESOURCE?
      • Table HOW RECENTLY DID YOU ADOPT THE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK YOU CURRENTLY USE?
      • Table IF YOU HAD IT TO DO OVER, WOULD YOU CHOOSE THE SAME TEXTBOOK AGAIN?
      • Table WOULD YOU SAY THAT IN YOUR SCHOOL OR DISTRICT, THE PENDULUM IS SWINGING BACK IN THE DIRECTION OF MORE RELIANCE ON A TRADITIONAL CORE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK PROGRAM?
      • Table IF YOU DO NOT USE A CORE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK SERIES, WHAT DO YOU USE AS YOUR PRIMARY TOOL TO TEACH SCIENCE?
      • Table DO YOU PRESENTLY USE A COMMERCIALLY DEVELOPED HANDS-ON SCIENCE PROGRAM OR CURRICULUM?
      • Table IF YOU DO USE A HANDS-ON SCIENCE PROGRAM OR CURRICULUM, WHICH ONE IS IT?
      • Table DO YOU USE COMPREHENSIVE COURSEWARE (INTEGRATED LEARNING SYSTEM COURSEWARE) FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PUBLISHERS AS PART OF YOUR SCIENCE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM?
      • Table DOES YOUR CLASSROOM(S) CURRENTLY USE ANY ONLINE SERVICE TO ASSIST WITH SCIENCE INSTRUCTION? ("ONLINE SERVICE" IS DEFINED HERE AS A SUBSCRIPTION-BASED OR DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT SERVICE THE SCHOOL PAYS FOR AND DOES NOT INCLUDE CREATING CLASSROOM PROJECTS WHERE STUDENTS USE THE INTERNET TO DO RESEARCH/INFORMATION GATHERING)
      • Table DOES YOUR DISTRICT OR STATE ADMINISTER A "HIGH- STAKES" TEST IN SCIENCE WHICH IS INTENDED TO DETERMINE WHICH STUDENTS CAN BE PROMOTED OR GRADUATED?
      • Table IF THERE IS A "HIGH-STAKES" SCIENCE TEST, WHICH GRADES ARE TESTED?
      • Table DO YOU USE SCIENCE "TEST PREPARATION" PROGRAMS OR MATERIALS WITH YOUR STUDENTS?
      • Table IF YOU USE SCIENCE TEST PREPARATION MATERIALS, WHAT KIND DO YOU USE?
      • Table WHEN YOU SCIENCE SUPPLIES AND/OR EQUIPMENT, FROM WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING VENDORS DO YOU MOST PREFER TO ORDER?
      • Table WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF MATERIALS DO YOU USE ON A FREQUENT BASIS TO HELP TEACH SCIENCE?
      • Table ABOUT HOW MUCH WILL YOU PERSONALLY SPEND THIS SCHOOL YEAR FOR SCIENCE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (EXCLUDING TEXTBOOKS) PER CLASSROOM, IN EACH OF THE COLLOWING CATEGORIES AND IN TOTAL? (SUMMARY OF AVERAGES)
      • Table THINKING ABOUT IMPORTANT TOPICS FOR WHICH YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE NEW INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, IN WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS WOULD YOU BE MOST LIKELY TO PURCHASE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS? (SUMMARY OF AVERAGES)
      • Table WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING MOST CLOSELY DESCRIBES YOUR POSITION?
      • Table IF YOU ARE A SCIENCE TEACHER, WHICH SPECIFIC COURSE(S) DO YOU TEACH?
      • Table WHAT GRADE(S) DO YOU CURRENTLY TEACH OR SUPERVISE?
      • Table HOW MANY YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
      • Table IN WHAT TYPE OF AREA IS YOUR DISTRICT LOCATED?
      • Table WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS BEST DESCRIBES YOUR SCIENCE PROGRAM?
      • Table IF YOU DO HAVE A CORE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK, WHICH ONE DO YOU USE AS YOUR PRIMARY TEACHING RESOURCE?
      • Table HOW RECENTLY DID YOU ADOPT THE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK YOU CURRENTLY USE?
      • Table IF YOU HAD IT TO DO OVER, WOULD YOU CHOOSE THE SAME TEXTBOOK AGAIN?
      • Table WOULD YOU SAY THAT IN YOUR SCHOOL OR DISTRICT, THE PENDULUM IS SWINGING BACK IN THE DIRECTION OF MORE RELIANCE ON A TRADITIONAL CORE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK PROGRAM?
      • Table IF YOU DO NOT USE A CORE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK SERIES, WHAT DO YOU USE AS YOUR PRIMARY TOOL TO TEACH SCIENCE?
      • Table DO YOU PRESENTLY USE A COMMERCIALLY DEVELOPED HANDS-ON SCIENCE PROGRAM OR CURRICULUM?
      • Table IF YOU DO USE A HANDS-ON SCIENCE PROGRAM OR CURRICULUM, WHICH ONE IS IT?
      • Table DO YOU USE COMPREHENSIVE COURSEWARE (INTEGRATED LEARNING SYSTEM COURSEWARE) FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PUBLISHERS AS PART OF YOUR SCIENCE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM?
      • Table DOES YOUR CLASSROOM(S) CURRENTLY USE ANY ONLINE SERVICE TO ASSIST WITH SCIENCE INSTRUCTION? ("ONLINE SERVICE" IS DEFINED HERE AS A SUBSCRIPTION-BASED OR DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT SERVICE THE SCHOOL PAYS FOR AND DOES NOT INCLUDE CREATING CLASSROOM PROJECTS WHERE STUDENTS USE THE INTERNET TO DO RESEARCH/INFORMATION GATHERING)
      • Table DOES YOUR DISTRICT OR STATE ADMINISTER A "HIGH-STAKES" TEST IN SCIENCE WHICH IS INTENDED TO DETERMINE WHICH STUDENTS CAN BE PROMOTED OR GRADUATED?
      • Table IF THERE IS A "HIGH-STAKES" SCIENCE TEST, WHICH GRADES ARE TESTED?
      • Table DO YOU USE SCIENCE "TEST PREPARATION" PROGRAMS OR MATERIALS WITH YOUR STUDENTS?
      • Table IF YOU USE SCIENCE TEST PREPARATION MATERIALS, WHAT KIND DO YOU USE?
      • Table WHEN YOU SCIENCE SUPPLIES AND/OR EQUIPMENT, FROM WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING VENDORS DO YOU MOST PREFER TO ORDER?
      • Table WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF MATERIALS DO YOU USE ON A FREQUENT BASIS TO HELP TEACH SCIENCE?
      • Table ABOUT HOW MUCH WILL YOU PERSONALLY SPEND THIS SCHOOL YEAR FOR SCIENCE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (EXCLUDING TEXTBOOKS) PER CLASSROOM, IN EACH OF THE COLLOWING CATEGORIES AND IN TOTAL? (SUMMARY OF AVERAGES)
      • Table THINKING ABOUT IMPORTANT TOPICS FOR WHICH YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE NEW INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, IN WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS WOULD YOU BE MOST LIKELY TO PURCHASE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS? (SUMMARY OF AVERAGES)

Abstract

Science Market: 2009 from Education Market Research provides an analysis of the U.S. market for Science instructional materials for grades 3-12.

This report provides an objective look at the science market segment based on the results of a detailed survey completed in December 2008 by 20,000 educators.

Science Market: 2009 identifies the leading textbooks and hands-on science programs by grade level, and which instructional materials and publishers are used most often at different grade levels. The report also pinpoints preferred vendors for Science supplies and equipment, and the future role of software and online services in elementary, middle and high school Science classes.

For the first time, in addition to the usual analyses by job title, grade, course, region, etc., we've also included a separate set of analyses comparing educators' behaviors and attitudes in adoption vs. open territory states, as well as in the four big states of California, Texas, Florida and New York. Additionally, the report covers a number of trends and implications for upcoming Science adoptions, particularly in the Southwest region and in the state of Texas.

If you need to know which Science programs, materials and publishers are most popular, how much is being spent, and what the demand is for new Science instructional materials, you can’t afford to be without Science Market: 2009.


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