What Is Scientific Literacy And Why do We Need It?


In recent years, the call for increased levels of scientific literacy has assumed centre-stage in science education rhetoric in several parts of the world and organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 1989, 1993), the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC, 1997) and UNESCO (1993) have used it to frame major efforts to reform the science curriculum. Its prominence in the contemporary science education literature prompts the two questions in my title.


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