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A unique fingerprint? Factors influencing attitudes towards science and technology in South Africa

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- Enablers
- Challenges

- Digital Literacy And Skills

Author(s): Lars Guenther; Peter Weingart

A frequently articulated - and empirically supported - assumption is that strong interest in and knowledge about science in a society is associated with more favourable attitudes towards science. This positive attitude in turn affects support for public funding of science. However, this research field is not without controversy, and for the South African population many questions remain unanswered. Initial research has not explored the factors that shape attitudes towards science and technology in detail. Interestingly, for the South African population, higher levels of scientific literacy and use of information sources are associated with more promises but also more reservations towards science and technology. This is especially true for relatively young and educated survey respondents. In international comparison, South Africa shows a unique fingerprint to some extent, but also shares characteristics with industrially developing countries of Europe (such as Greece or Portugal).


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South Africa,

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