Academic journal article Teaching Science

From the President

Academic journal article Teaching Science

From the President

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So into 2018, the first year in Australia that same-sex couples will be free to marry due to the passing of the Marriage Equality Bill at the end of last year; after 20 unsuccessful attempts in the Australian Parliament. A decision that--although still opposed by a sizable minority--brought joy to many, and massive life changes to those directly affected by the result. All people, whatever their sexuality, can now choose to get married to show their love for, and commitment to their partners. So, is this an issue for science and science education? I think so.

Apart from the positives as described above, there are two other issues associated with this debate that I would like to discuss. As science educators, I am sure, we all share the desire to raise the level of scientific literacy in our community. The concept of 'scientific literacy' is still often misunderstood both in, and especially outside, the science community. It can still be confused with science literacy (more knowledge-based) or literacy in science (more language-based). The National Academy of Sciences (US) defines scientific literacy as ".... the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs. …

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