The Importance Of Scientific Literacy

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Scientific literacy is the ability to use the scientific process of logical deduction in everyday life. This has made it very important in modern society ever since the 16th century. As Hurd (1997) states, important figures throughout history such as Thomas Jefferson, James Wilkinson and Herbert Spencer have advocated for an education that propagates scientific literacy as an important building block of society. However, the method in which this propagation should take place has been rigorously debated. There are two sides to the debate, the first being the teachers who use typical teaching mechanisms to advocate scientific literacy while the other side are the teachers who prefer the unconventional instead (Pandian & Balraj, 2010). Textbooks and proprietary media CDs are considered ‘typical teaching mechanisms’. ‘Unconventional methods’ refer to using original resource materials, such as scientific articles and news, to teach in the classroom. ‘Popular science texts’ in this context means any scientifically oriented article meant to inform the public about scientific matters (Kyvik, 2005). The authors of these articles and their readers are rarely part of the scientific community. The content of these articles can cover a variety of subjects. Popular science texts make science accessible to students. These students are often considered less powerful as compared to the textbook authors (Adendorff & Parkinson, 2004). The authors are perceived this way because they are

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