Scientific Literacy

I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Commentary” written by Andrew Zucker.  Andrew wrote an article entitled “Teaching Scientific Literacy.”

Here are five themes to consider in order to promote scientific literacy:

  • Pay attention to the personal and societal contexts of science.
  • Relate scientific literacy to traditional forms of literacy.
  • Teach about how to find reliable information about science and how to reject junk science.
  • Include some important events in the history of science.
  • Help females and minority students realize their potential in science.

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