ERIC Number: ED443720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
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Scientific Literacy of Selected South African Matriculants Entering Tertiary Education: A Baseline Survey.
Laugksch, R. C.; Spargo, P. E.
South African Journal of Science, n95 p427-432 Oct 1999
Given the widely accepted need for scientifically literate individuals and the paucity of relevant data on scientific literacy and formal education in South Africa, it is desirable to assess and to provide baseline data on the ability of the secondary education system to generate scientifically literate matriculants. Reported here are the results of a survey based on the "Test of Basic Scientific Literacy" incorporating selected literacy goals recommended by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The survey investigated levels of scientific literacy of 4,223 first-time entering university and technikon students, registered in a variety of disciplines at the five principal tertiary educational institutions in the Western Cape. Scientific literacy was examined with respect to population group, gender and variables related to secondary and tertiary education. (Contains 34 endnotes.) (Author)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa