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I am working on a piece about scientific literacy! This is for a course on writing about science.

I sent around this survey to gather a sense of what people in my generation know about science and what they thought about their core science classes.

Some of the responses are quite interesting. Here are a few quotes:

  • “The lectures covered really interesting material, but too often the professors failed to make it interesting. Labs were excessively long and filled with lots of busy work.”
  • “On one hand I think it is pretty important for people to understand what’s going on around them but on the other hand I think some people just don’t have the time to devote to understanding what is going on. But I think college kids should definitely know because they have a lot of free time. So I think that it is important for college students to but I wouldn’t expect like an adult to understand everything going on.”
  • “The only think I think people need to know in terms of scientific literacy is that if they read something that politicians say or someone in power says that they should do, I feel like before they do anything about it, they need to learn about it.”
  • “Yeah, the media has a big role and people can’t take what they hear from the media at first glance. Like when I said I like understanding everything around me, I go on Wikipedia and type in random stuff like constantly, when I hear about something in the news. The thing under my facebook says “life is a giant wikiquest” just because I spend like an hour on wikipedia every day.”

The piece will probably end up being about 3000 words. I’ll probably post it here at some point. Currently, I’m working on a second draft for next week. If you have any thoughts to contribute, I would be interested to read them!

On a side note, I mentioned in my first post that I met Adam Bly of Seed Media Group (publisher of SEED magazine). So I emailed Adam Bly the next day to ask him his thoughts on some of these issues. I haven’t gotten a response from him yet, but yesterday a coworker of his emailed to let me know that he is still interested in sending a reply but may take a little while longer to get back to me. That is exciting! I was not expecting to hear from him at all, so that was a nice surprise. Hopefully, he sends me a response within the next week so I can really try to incorporate it into my piece.

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4 Responses

  1. Scientific literacy: making science concepts into “household names” | science before breakfast says

    [...] One way that I have begun this effort is by starting this science blog, through which I hope to bring insight to science and topics relevant in today’s world and encourage discussion of how they relate to our daily lives. Hopefully, through my efforts and those of hundreds of like-minded science popularizers and educators, the overall understanding and appreciation of scientific issues will steadily grow and develop as our society advances so that perhaps, one day, many of these science concepts become “household names.” Previous posts about this piece: http://chewbear.beforebreakfast.net/2009/04/27/update-scientific-literacy/ http://chewbear.beforebreakfast.net/2009/04/17/scientific-literacy/ [...]

  2. Update on scientific literacy piece | science before breakfast says

    [...] working on that piece on scientific literacy for my writing about science course. I mentioned it in an earlier post. Here are some of the parts and quotes that I have cut [...]

  3. chewbear says

    hahaha. yeah I liked that part too. It is a very good representation of some part of our generation.

  4. Nat says

    I like the quote “life is a giant wikiquest.” That’s an excellent summary of the Information Age if I ever heard one.