Standards in Science and Technology Education

Science for All Americans

Science for All Americans
Project 2061-The American Association for the Advancement of Science

http://project2061.aaas.org/tools/sfaa/index.html

"What should a science-literate adult know and be able to do in science, mathematics, and technology?" The answer to this question, a definition of scientific literacy, was sought by several scientific panels coordinated by Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The task was "...setting out for the nation the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that all citizens need to live interesting, responsible, and productive lives in a culture shaped by science and technology. The result of that project was Science for All Americans, published by Project 2061 in 1989." *

"Science for All Americans is based on the belief that the science-literate person is one who is aware that science, mathematics, and technology are interdependent human enterprises with strengths and limitations; understands key concepts and principles of science; is familiar with the natural world and recognizes both its diversity and unity; and uses scientific knowledge and scientific ways of thinking for individual and social purposes." **

Science for All Americans recommends principles of effective teaching and learning that lead to scientific literacy. With permission from Oxford University Press, the introductory text for the first thirteen SFAA chapters is presented here:

* From RESOURCES FOR SCIENCE LITERACY by American Association for the Advancement of Science. Copyright 1997 by American Association for the Advancement of Science. Used by permission of Oxford University Press, Inc. http://www.oup-usa.org/

** From SCIENCE FOR ALL AMERICANS by American Association for the Advancement of Science. Copyright 1989, 1990 by American Association for the Advancement of Science. Used by permission of Oxford University Press, Inc. http://www.oup-usa.org/ 


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