Implications for science education and citizenship

It is 50 years since CP Snow gave his influential lecture, The Two Cultures (published in 1959), which identified and analysed the huge gap between the arts and science. For Snow, science was the way forward in terms of solving the world's problems, and he felt that the divide hindered this greatly. He believed that the solution lay in education, and only here could the building blocks be laid for reducing, and eventually removing entirely, this binary opposition of science and arts.

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Summary

"Science and discovery centres contribute to the education of young people about science and inspire them to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They also engage the public with scientific issues and play important roles in their local communities. However, there is widespread concern about the future of science centres.

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