cultivating science literacy
A RESOURCE FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
What ways of understanding science actually make a difference in people’s lives?
A quick survey of the literature on adult science literacy reveals many opinions, but very little evidence supporting them.
The structure of this website reflects the results of our investigation into how best to approach science literacy for college students. In our view, an approach to science literacy needs to include three distinct yet equally important perspectives: a definition that characterizes literacy, an assessment task that measures literacy, and an approach to teaching that fosters literacy.
The place to begin is with a definition of science literacy. We have provided ours here, as well as links to others. The definition you choose provides the foundation for the pedagogical approaches you must employ – what approaches to student learning are most effective in reaching your goals? The careful use of assessment provides you with feedback for revisiting both your definition and your pedagogy. This process is ongoing and requires engaged reflection.
On this website, we have provided information about how we have worked through this process, as well as resources to help you pursue your own investigation and create your own definition, pedagogy, and assessment.