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What Makes an Educated Scientist?

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The place of science in education has been hotly debated since mid-Victorian times, and the Snow-Leavis arguments are (in)famous following Snow’s Cambridge lecture in 1959. These are relevant to the skills society thinks a scientist should possess beyond science. But in the present day we also need to look at what school science education offers in the way of skills beyond mere factual knowledge and why it leads to such gendered choices at A levels. We should also ask, during both undergraduate and graduate education, are there generic skills a scientist should possess that equip them for life outside academia. And should we be talking about ‘skills’ or ‘education’ anyhow?

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