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ERIC Number: ED304342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-17
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Scientific Literacy.
Miller, Jon D.
There is growing recognition in the industrialized world that scientific literacy is an important component of long-term economic growth and of effective citizenship. Virtually every major industrialized nation has, in recent years, examined its science and mathematics education system and many have taken steps to improve the scope and quality of scientific and mathematical understanding among school graduates. Measures of scientific literacy provide a general yardstick of the proportion of adults in a society who have sufficient skills and knowledge to function effectively in citizenship and consumer roles. Previous studies have found that relatively few citizens in the United States and other industrialized nations understand basic scientific terms or can make sense of conflicting arguments from experts on issues like nuclear power. Studies of recent high school graduates in the United States do not point to significant generational improvement. This paper focuses primarily on the data from the United States and outlines some improved measures of scientific literacy with bridges to past measures. Also included is a preliminary comparison with British data. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (San Francisco, CA, 1989).