Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science

Science Literacy and Numeracy


Literacy: "In a culture increasingly pervaded by science, mathematics, and technology, science literacy requires understandings and habits of mind that enable citizens to grasp what those enterprises are up to, to make some sense of how the natural and designed worlds work, to think critically and independently, to recognize and weigh alternative explanations of events and design trade-offs, and to deal sensibly with problems that involve evidence, numbers, patterns, logical arguments, and uncertainties." Project 2061 American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Numeracy: Numeracy implies confidence and competence with numbers and measures, and an understanding of the number system, a set of computational skills, and an ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Numeracy also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables. Numeracy is critical to learning science.