Science Education: Linking Science and Society

Department of Teaching and Learning

Highlights from Cecily Selby on "Science Education for a Competent, Confident and Democratic Society"

"Seeking and confirming evidence in different ways adds value to science. Bringing people with diverse backgrounds and talents into scientific enterprises advances scientific knowledge. And the same is true in teaching."

"Why not hold responsible for scientific literacy all modes of communicating science beyond the classroom? Should they not all share resources AND accountability? A useful understanding of science–for health and daily life--scientific literacy must be a community responsibility."

"Just imagine evaluating student progress through how well they understand and can use different forms of inquiry–in daily life, in professional life, in political life.... I suggest that changing views of the nature of science, and making scientific literacy a community responsibility could and should vastly improve the professional skill and status of classroom teachers."