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A quarter of teachers say AI in education does more harm than good

A  majority of teachers see downsides to general use of AI tools in education or are at least uncertain about the value. A quarter of the teachers say using AI tools  does more harm than good, a survey of US teachers up to 12th grade shows. Among teens who have heard of GenAI tool ChatGPT, 19% say they have used it to help them with schoolwork. This is more common among teens in higher grades.  

About a third (32%) of the teachers say there is about an equal mix of benefit and harm, while only 6% say it does more good than harm. Another 35% say they aren’t sure, the Pew Research survey shows.

“High school teachers are more likely than elementary and middle school teachers to hold negative views about AI tools in education.”

About a third of high school teachers (35%) say these tools do more harm than good. Roughly a quarter of middle school teachers (24%) and 19% of elementary school teachers say the same.

Fewer than one-in-ten teachers at all levels say these tools do more good than harm.

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47% of elementary school teachers say they aren’t sure about the impact of AI tools. That is much larger than the shares of middle and high school teachers who say this.

A separate survey by Pew Research Centre asked teens about their experience with and views of ChatGPT, a generative AI tool, in their schoolwork.

Among teens who have heard of GenAI tool ChatGPT, 19% say they have used it to help them with schoolwork. This is more common among teens in higher grades. 

About a quarter of 11th and 12th graders who have heard of ChatGPT (24%) say they have used it in their schoolwork, compared with 17% of 9th and 10th graders and 12% of 7th and 8th graders.

Teens’ views on whether using ChatGPT is acceptable depend on what it’s being used for. Among teens who have heard of ChatGPT:

  • 69% say it’s acceptable to use it to research new topics.
  • 39% say it’s acceptable to use it to solve math problems.
  • 20% say it’s acceptable to use it to write essays.

Shares ranging from 18% to 24% aren’t sure whether it is acceptable to use ChatGPT in each of these situations, the {ew says.

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