After braving the slow-load issues of the test’s site, most of you who commented in the Afternoon Inquisition, reported logging very good scores. And of course, we expect nothing less from you all.
However, many commenters pointed out (and rightly so) that the quiz actually tests retention of facts more than it tests scientific literacy. And this raised further interesting questions that we felt might make a good discussion for today.
So let’s take a step back and start at the beginning:
What exactly is scientific literacy? How should it/can it be measured? Does retention and regurgitation of factoids play any part in it? Can we begin to design a tool/method/quiz for measuring it here? Use the comments if you have any ideas.
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.