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Scientific literacy

Within the framework of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), scientific literacy is defined as an individual’s scientific knowledge and use of that knowledge to identify questions, to acquire new knowledge, to explain scientific phenomena, and to draw evidence-based conclusions about science-related issues, understanding of the characteristic features of science as a form of human knowledge and enquiry, awareness of how science and technology shape our material, intellectual, and cultural environments, and willingness to engage in science-related issues, and with the ideas of science, as a reflective citizen.
(Source: OECD 2009)

See also ‘PISA’.

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