Competences, from within and without: new challenges and possibilities for scientific literacy

Fensham, Peter J. (2007) Competences, from within and without: new challenges and possibilities for scientific literacy. In Linder, Cedric, Ostman, Leif, & Wickman, Per-Olof (Eds.) Promoting Scientific Literacy: Science Education Research in Transaction, 28-29 May 2007, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.



The direction for scientific literacy and research I pursued in my initial summary has obvious relations to the thrust of the language-oriented summaries of Gregory Kelly, Isobel Martins, Troy Sadler, and Dana Zeidler. Several less direct relations to other summaries have also emerged. For example, Jennifer Case's suggestion that students would be better prepared for university studies in science-based fields if they had acquired the discourse of their new communities, made me aware that the research into the teaching of scientific competencies (discourses) that I am promoting may, indeed, bridge Douglas Roberts' two visions of SL.

In order to highlight the sources that have led to the press for the teaching and learning of generic competences compared with the scientific competences that are now being associated with SL, I was unable in this short summary to include the issue of the place of affect in scientific literacy –an issue the urgency of which, for most of our countries, transcends the debates about the more cognitive aspects of SL. To my surprise, only Jonathan Osborne and Svein Sjoberg make any mention of interest in, and support for science and none of us have referred to SL as including personal and social responsibility for science and technology.

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ID Code: 12883
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Scientific Literacy, competences
ISBN: 9789163318924
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:44

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