How do we help are students become scientifically literate?May 23, 2010 at 8:50 am | Posted in uncategorized | 4 Comments
Posted by Eric Olderstein
Certain students may be able to successfully read and write in subjects such as English or history. However being literate in science is a different task. What are the abilities that a student must possess to be a literate science student? Carolyn Wallace discusses ways in which she views scientific literacy:
Scientific literacy requires the ability to both read and write scientific texts in richly constructed ways. A scientifically literate person can understand and apply the fundamental elements of scientific argumentation, including claim, evidence, and warrants.
I believe that there are many factors which enable a student to be fully literate in science. They must be able to analyze graphs, read journals, and write reports along with many other skills. How do we as science teachers help students become scientifically literate? What materials do we have to provide are students with to enable them to be scientifically literate?