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What Is Scientific Literacy?

The term scientific literacy first appeared in the US educational literature in papers by Paul Hurd (1958) and Richard McCurdy (1958). It was enthusiastically taken up by others as a useful rallying call, but had little in the way of precise or agreed meaning until Pella, O’Hearn, & Gale (1966) suggested that it comprises an understanding of the basic concepts of science, the nature of science, the ethics that control scientists in their work, and the interrelationships of science, technology and society.

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