chapter  13
24 Pages

The Sources and Impact of Civic Scientifi c Literacy


In the 21st century, the health of democratic societies will depend in part on the ability of citizens to read, hear, understand, and make sense of the scientifi c and technical issues of the day. Inherently, it is necessary for citizens to understand economic issues, foreign policy issues, and other complex matters to make informed judgments about the performance of government and to participate in political decision-making effectively. In this sense, scientifi c literacy is not separate from other citizenship skills, but a part of the fabric of knowledge and understanding necessary to sustain democratic participation in the 21st century.