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2 School science, citizenship and the public understanding of science
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Quantitative and qualitative studies of the public understanding of science have

been conducted in many countries. They provide important insights into the

extent to which lay citizens understand a number of important scientific concepts

and into the ways in which they seek and use scientific knowledge. This chapter

draws upon the outcomes of these studies to identify some of the dimensions of ‘cit-

izen science’, and to examine their implications for the form and content of school

science education.