Climate Literacy and Scientific Reasoning

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Global climate change has been widely discussed in the public media for the past decades. There have been ongoing debates about what may contribute to the development of climate literacy. This chapter discusses an important cognitive construct, scientific reasoning, to propose a new perspective toward the development of climate literacy. As an underlying mechanism for our mental activities, scientific reasoning relates to different aspects involved in the understanding of climate science. An in-depth investigation of scientific reasoning and its relationship with climate change education can provide an overarching framework for the ongoing efforts in enhancing climate literacy. The chapter presents a brief review on the nature of scientific reasoning, and discusses the importance of promoting scientific reasoning in climate change education. It provides some suggestions on how to incorporate scientific reasoning into the endeavor of enhancing climate literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFuture Earth-Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781118854280, 9781118854303
StatePublished - Jun 23 2014

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series


  • Climate literacy
  • Global climate change
  • Scientific reasoning


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