Scientific Literacy : An Organization For Economic Cooperation And Development ( Oecd )

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Scientific Literacy
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), scientific literacy is defined as “the capacity to use scientific knowledge, to identify questions, and to draw evidence-based conclusions in order to understand and help make decisions about the natural world and the changes made to it through human activity” (OECD, 2013). Teaching children about scientific literacy, especially those in early childhood, is important as everything they will experience can be linked back to science. Murcia (2007) believes that scientific literacy as an educational outcome is essential in a world that is increasingly shaped and directed by science (p. 16). Students who are scientifically literate have the ability to understand scientific concepts and processes required for participation in society; ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about their world; and describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena (“What is Scientific Literacy?” (2011). Scientifically literate students also have the ability to engage in the discourses of science and are sceptical and questioning of claims made by others (Head, 2015).

The Australian Curriculum (ACARA) for Foundation to Year 10 includes the three strands of Science: Science Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour. The three strands of the curriculum are interrelated and their content is taught in an integrated way (Australian Curriculum and…

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