Scientific Literacy in Environmental and Health Education

Chapter

Abstract

Grand challenges for this age set the stage for this chapter. Because many challenges are directly related to the environment and health, one must ask a question that introduces the theme of scientific literacy—“What is important for citizens to know, value, and be able to do relative to the environment, health, and science-related issues?” The chapter continues with a review of results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 science survey. The discussion includes a definition of scientific literacy, presentation of results for students’ attitudes toward selected environmental issues, and students’ interests in selected health issues. The chapter concludes with implications for enhancing scientific literacy using environmental and health contexts.

Keywords

Science Education Environmental Issue Scientific Competency Curriculum Emphasis School Science Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)Colorado SpringsUSA
  2. 2.International Conference, Environment & Health in Science EducationUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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