Our students learn science in school, but are we teaching them how to identify scientific misinformation?

Alessandro Siani, Charlotte V. Hipkiss

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By hindering our ability to mount a swift and unified response to the challenges humanity is faced with, scientific misinformation poses an existential threat to our lives and civilization. To exemplify the detrimental effect of scientific misinformation on our collective response to current global challenges, the first section of this article discusses the impact of vaccine hesitancy and climate change denialism. This is followed by an evaluation of how critical aspects of the scientific method and the skills required to gauge the reliability of scientific sources are implemented in school curricula at the primary and secondary levels. The final section builds upon the previous two to provide suggestions on strategies to empower future generations with the scientific literacy and critical thinking skills required to rise up to the challenges they will undoubtedly be faced with.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Biochemist
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2022

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