Australia is a nation with a population that is well-educated in science and technology and is comfortable with their use in everyday life, yet does not recognise or strongly support the role of science and technology in social and economic development. There does not seem to be a consensus that science and technology will play a major role in Australia's future. There is a disparity of views about science and technology according to gender, socioeconomic level and age and a disturbing lack of recognition among managers cf the role of science and technology in research, development and innovation. Government, education and scientific groups throughout the nation are addressing this problem, although lack of cohesion in objectives remains a concern. Nevertheless, there is a high level of activity directed towards raising awareness and understanding of science and technology and evidence is emerging of the success cf these activities.

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Australian's awareness and understanding of science and technology
An overview

Carmel Statham  

Australia is a nation with a population that is well-educated in science and technology and is comfortable with their use in everyday life, yet does not recognise or strongly support the role of science and technology in social and economic development. There does not seem to be a consensus that science and technology will play a major role in Australia's future. There is a disparity of views about science and technology according to gender, socioeconomic level and age and a disturbing lack of recognition among managers cf the role of science and technology in research, development and innovation. Government, education and scientific groups throughout the nation are addressing this problem, although lack of cohesion in objectives remains a concern. Nevertheless, there is a high level of activity directed towards raising awareness and understanding of science and technology and evidence is emerging of the success cf these activities.

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