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Inquiry: Learning Science by Doing Science

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD

What Is Science Literacy?

Scientifically literate persons are able to use science knowledge in their everyday lives to make decisions. In addition, scientifically literate persons are able to describe and predict natural phenomena, and to evaluate articles and reports in the popular press that are related to science. Science literacy also implies that a person understands how scientists build knowledge by asking questions and conducting investigations, and is able to pose and evaluate arguments based on evidence.