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ERIC Number: ED010002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jan
Pages: 189
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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SCIENTIFIC LITERACY IN THE AEROSPACE AGE.
PELLA, MILTON O.; AND OTHERS
THIS PROJECT ESTABLISHED PLANS FOR THE ANALYSIS OF THE RESEARCH ESSENTIAL TO DEFINE AND DEMONSTRATE THE DIMENSION OF SCIENTIFIC LITERACY NEEDED BY CITIZENS IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY DURING AN AGE OF RAPID SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE. THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO DETERMINE THE KINDS AND DEGREES OF COMPETENCE ESSENTIAL TO INFORMED CITIZENSHIP AND FUTURE EMPLOYMENT. PROCEDURES FOLLOWED INCLUDED (1) THE INTERVIEWING OF A LIMITED NUMBER OF SCIENTISTS, INDUSTRIALISTS, SCIENCE EDUCATORS, AND LABOR LEADERS, (2) THE STUDY OF CERTAIN NONTECHNICAL MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS, AND (3) THE PREPARATION OF WORKING PAPERS CONCERNED WITH SCIENTIFIC LITERACY AS DEFINED BY THIS STUDY. THE SCIENTIFICALLY LITERATE INDIVIDUAL PRESENTLY IS CHARACTERIZED AS ONE WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BASIC CONCEPTS IN SCIENCE, NATURE OF SCIENCE, ETHICS THAT CONTROL THE SCIENTIST IN HIS WORK, INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF SCIENCE AND SOCIETY, INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF SCIENCE AND THE HUMANITIES, AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. EVIDENCE FROM ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE CONCERNED WITH SCIENTIFIC LITERACY REVEALS THAT KNOWLEDGE OF THE INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF SCIENCE AND SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND NATURE OF SCIENCE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE, DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, AND THE INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF SCIENCE AND THE HUMANITIES. (JL)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Identifiers: MADISON; WISCONSIN