Science Culture in Canada

September 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

The Council of Canadian Academies has released a new report titled Science Culture: Where Canada  Stands. From their news release

“Science Culture: Where Canada Stands presents a comprehensive examination of Canada’s science culture. Most notably, it contains the results of a new public survey that assesses Canadians’ science attitudes, engagement, and knowledge. The report reviews data on Canadians’ science skills and the current peer-reviewed literature on science culture. It also features an inventory and analysis of the organizations and programs that support and promote science culture in Canada, particularly among youth. This collection of data helps to paint the clearest picture of Canada’s science culture and science culture support system in 25 years. The report also examines strategies that can be used to cultivate and sustain a strong science culture for years to come.”

The panel concluded that generally Canadian’s are equal to or above average compared to other OECD countries in their science culture, and the report describes 5 interventions to continue to  ‘cultivate a strong science culture’:

  1. supporting lifelong science learning
  2. making science inclusive (the report specifically mentions girls and aboriginal populations)
  3. adapting to new technologies
  4. enhancing science communication and engagement
  5. providing national or regional leadership

The council’s web page includes links to the full report, the summaries, infographics etc. Check it out!



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