Science Culture: Where Canada Stands
Date posted: September 11, 2014
A society with a strong science culture embraces discovery and supports the use of scientific knowledge and method. It encourages the education and training of a highly skilled workforce and the development of an innovative knowledge-based economy.
The Council of Canadian Academies recently released Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, a comprehensive examination of Canada’s science culture. This report contains the results of a new public survey on Canadians’ science attitudes, engagement, and knowledge. It also reviews data on Canadians’ science skills.
Key findings include:
- Canadians have positive attitudes towards science and technology.
- Canadians exhibit a high level of engagement with science and technology compared to citizens of other countries.
- Canadians’ level of science knowledge is as good as or better than that of people in other countries.
- Canada’s performance on indicators of science and technology skills development is variable.
The report identifies promising strategies and practices for fostering a strong science culture.