Newly Released report by Council of Canadian Academies! Science Culture: Where Canada Stands
Science is a fundamental part of Canadian culture and society, affecting both individual and social life.
A new report published by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) asks the question “What is the state of Canada’s science culture?”
Sub questions include:
1. What is the state of knowledge regarding the impacts of having a strong science culture?
2. What are the indicators of a strong science culture? How does Canada compare with other countries against these indicators? What is the relationship between output measures and major outcome measures?
3. What factors (e.g., cultural, economic, age, gender) influence interest in science, particularly among youth?
4. What are the critical components of the informal system that supports science culture (roles of players, activities, tools and programs run by science museums, science centres, academic and not-for-profit organizations and the private sector)? What strengths and weaknesses exist in Canada's system?
5. What are the effective practices that support science culture in Canada and in key competitor countries?
Here are some key findings from that report:
• Canadians have positive attitudes towards science and technology and low levels of reservations about science compared with citizens of other countries.
• Canadians exhibit a high level of engagement with science and technology relative to citizens of other countries.
• Canadians’ level of science knowledge is on a par with or above citizens of other countries for which data are available.
• Canada’s performance on indicators of science and technology skills development is variable compared with other OECD countries.
To read the full report, please visit: http://www.scienceadvice.ca/en/assessments/completed/science-culture.aspx