Creating the Conditions for Scientific Literacy: A Re-Examination Journal Article uri icon



  • This article explores the way in which scientific literacy has been defined, justified, and operationalized in current proposals for science education reform. We argue that, although the vision of scientific literacy reflected in reform proposals is broad, progressive, and inclusive, it is being implemented in narrow and conventional ways. As a consequence, we are not optimistic that current proposals will lead to a significant increase in the scientific literacy of the U. S. population. In the article, we discuss limitations in the current direction of science education reform and examine some alternate ways of thinking about it.

publication date

  • June 1, 1996

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • March 5, 2015 11:05 AM

Full Author List

  • Eisenhart M; Finkel E; Marion SF

author count

  • 3

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-8312

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1935-1011

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 261

end page

  • 295


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