Science for the 21st century: Teaching for scientific literacy in the primary classroom
Australian Science Teachers Association
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education/ Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies
Scientific literacy as an educational outcome is essential in a world increasingly shaped and directed by science. When we look at our society the growing demands placed on individuals and communities to understand, engage with and take up the ideas and applications of science are clearly evident. As educators we should reflect on the demands of life in the 21st century and question what it now means to be scientifically literate and how we can effectively engage primary school students in teaching and learning for scientific literacy. This paper introduces a concise framework for scientific literacy and suggests strategies such as modelling the dynamic nature of science and context-driven integrated learning for developing it in the primary classroom.