Science Literacy

On-line Resources: Science Literacy

Science literacy? What is it? Why is it important?

Let’s take the second question first. Science literacy is important because many of the economic, political and even social challenges we face are based on issues grounded in science. Every functional citizen, every adult, and certainly every college graduate, should possess a working understanding of basic science.

As for what that working knowledge should include, that’s a harder question. Not surprisingly, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has has given the matter some thought. Their Project 2061 – Science Literacy for All Americans has produced a wealth of resources to help educators, parents, and students answer the question of what science literacy should include.

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science for all americans thumbnail   Project 2061As part of its Project 2061 the American Association for the Advancement of Science has produced a series of books detailing what science literacy should include for people of all ages. One of the first, Science for All Americans details what school children from early elementary though grade 12 should learn. This book, and the others produced as part of this project, can be ordered in printed form or read on-line for free.