Quantitative Literacy: A Means for Bridging the Chasm of the Two Cultures (Report)
Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table, 2007, Winter
Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table
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Abstract Quantitative literacy (QL), a relatively new literacy, has the potential to bridge the gap between the literary and scientific cultures. The chasm of the two cultures refers to the gulf and increased polarization between scientists (science) and literary intellectuals or literati (arts). Snow (1959) drew attention to the divide of The Two Cultures and attributed the gap to the inability of scientists and literati to communicate effectively with each other due to deficient knowledge of each others' discipline. Re-education or less specialization in education, according to Snow would facilitate communication between the cultures and promote citizenship, as QL cultivates the authentic application of scientific and mathematical cultural practices (measurement, interpretation, quantitative expression, assertions, reasoning, estimation, analysis, problem solving, etc.) across the arts, humanities, and culture.
- Category: Law
- Published: Dec 22, 2007
- Publisher: Forum on Public Policy
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 12 Pages
- Language: English