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Discussions About the Three Aspects of Scientific Literacy: Focus on Integrative Understanding, Settlement in Curriculum, and Civic Education
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Discussions About the Three Aspects of Scientific Literacy: Focus on Integrative Understanding, Settlement in Curriculum, and Civic Education
Park, Jongwon;
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There have been many discussions about scientific literacy (SL), which caused many science educators concern for many years. This paper focuses on three aspects about SL. First, there are various opinions, and components or types of SL. Second, it has been pointed out that the reconciliation between curriculum focusing on SL and curriculum focusing on scientific knowledge system is difficult. Third, the level of SL of citizens who learned science in schools is not so high. Related to these aspects, this paper suggests three recommendations. First, the paper suggests three dimensional model of SL and some examples of its application. Second, elementary and middle school focus on SL in their science curriculum and high school focuses on scientific knowledge system in the curriculum for preparing for future jobs. Third, we need to give efforts to lifelong science eduction for citizens` SL as well as school teachings for SL. In the conclusion section, it is described what aspects should be additionally considered for the discussions and recommendations about three aspects of SL.
scientific literacy;three dimensional model of scientific literacy;science curriculum;science knowledge system;lifelong education;
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