In recent decades, global science and technology has been developing rapidly. It became a central issue for countries to develop a great number of scientific and technological talents, which needs to start from training students. The Hong Kong STEM Education Alliance (hereafter "the Alliance") realizes that under the current educational system, it is difficult for young people to have an in-depth understanding of technology and innovation, as well as a scientific thinking, hence they may fail to acquire scientific and innovative literacy. In this report, we explored the experience of developing young people's scientific and innovative literacy in other countries, and reviewed the relevant situation in Hong Kong and made several suggestions for policy makers.
The ability to solve current social problem using the technology is the core part of the scientific and innovative literacy. The Alliance believes that it is necessary for all the young people to acquire these capabilities. Also, scientific and innovative literacy includes the spirit of science and the thirsty for knowledge. Because of rapid growth of digital technology in 21st century, people can receive a great volume of social information in a short time but can hardly verify those information, unless they have basic scientific knowledge. Young people are a group that can easily misled by the false/forged information. Therefore, we suggest that it is important to develop the scientific and innovative literacy of future generation as early as possible, as it is a gigantic task and needs the cooperation of every stakeholders in the society to accomplish.
The Alliance has gathered data from a questionnaire survey on our school members, in order to learn more about Hong Kong youths' perceptions and views on the scientific and innovative literacy. We have interviewed 1,816 students in total, including 773 primary school students and 1,043 students from secondary schools. Among the interviewees, there are 1,000 boys and 816 girls. We also conducted in-depth interviews with seven stakeholders in STEM education, including primary and secondary school principals, university professors, teachers, and industry experts.
The Alliance has made several policy recommendations, hoping to further strengthen the scientific and innovative literacy of Hong Kong youths, to facilitate their comprehensive development.
Findings from this report indicate that we need to face up and cooperate to seek solutions. With aforementioned suggestions, the Alliance hopes to play a leading role in developing scientific and innovative literacy of Hong Kong youth. We wish that all parts of our society will realize the importance of STEM education. Compared with other regions in the world, Hong Kong is advantaged in scientific innovation, however, it lacks the driving force of united effort in our society. We believe that the potentials of Hong Kong youth can be fully utilized, once the government receive those suggestions. The development of youth's scientific and innovative literacy will have a positive impact on the development of society and enable Hong Kong to maximize its advantages in a long term.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cultivating Hong Kong Youth’s STEM Literacy|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Place of Publication||Hong Kong|
|Publisher||Hong Kong STEM Education Alliance ; STEAM Education and Research Centre, Lingnan University|
|Number of pages||56|
|Publication status||Published - May 2020|
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