We live in an age of constant scientific discovery — a world shaped by revolutionary new technologies. Just look at your favorite newspaper. The chances are pretty good that in the next few days you’ll see a headline about global warming, cloning, fossils in meteorites, or genetically engineered food. Other stories featuring exotic materials, medical advances, DNA evidence, and new drugs all deal with issues that directly affect your life. As a consumer, as a business professional, and as a citizen, you will have to form opinions about these and other science-based issues if you are to participate fully in modern society. What is Scientific literacy?
Scientific literacy encompasses written, numerical, and digital literacy as they pertain to understanding science, its methodology, observations, and theories •
"scientific literacy is the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity“ –
According to the United States National Center for Education Statistics, •
"the capacity to use scientific knowledge, to identify questions and to draw evidence-based conclusions in order to understand and help make decisions about the natural world and the changes made to it through human activity.“ –
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Who are scientifically literate persons?
Know and understand the scientific concepts and processes required for participation in society •
Ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about their everyday experiences •
Describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena
Read with understanding science articles in the popular press and engage in social conversation about the validity of the conclusions •
Identify scientific issues underlying national and local decisions •
Express positions that are scientifically and technologically informed •
Evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it •
Pose and evaluate arguments based on evidence and apply conclusions from such arguments appropriately
Investigating scientifically is the process of inquiry that utilizes a systematic procedure to; o
acquire new knowledge
correct and integrate previous knowledge
The process is based on the formulation and testing of hypotheses, gathering observable and measurable evidence, organization and analysis of data. Scientific investigations must be repeatable to allow for the verification of data and to establish reliability of conclusions. The process of Investigating Scientifically is represented here as 4 significant facets •
Why should you care about being scientifically literate? It will help you o
understand issues that you come across daily in news stories and government debates o
appreciate how the natural laws of science influence your life o
gain perspective on the intellectual climate of our time
All citizens need to be scientifically literate to:
appreciate the world around them
make informed personal choices
Why is scientific literacy important?
What should we do?
The General Public
INFORMATION and COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Information (and communication) technologies in education deal with the use of information and communication technologies(ICTs) within educational technology ICT in education means: o
Implementing of its equipment in teaching and learning process as a media. The purpose of ICT in education is to generally make students familiar with its use and how it works. •
ICT in education can be broadly categorized in the following ways as: –
ICT as a subject (i.e., computer studies)
ICT as a tool to support traditional subjects (i.e., computer-based learning, presentation, research) –
ICT as an administrative tool...
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