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Popular Science and Formal Education

The role of popular science in science education is both a means to an end, as well as the end goal itself. On the one hand, the ability and will to understand science in the media is one of the main characteristics of science literacy, which has been the prime goal of science education for the past several decades. On the other hand, popular science is also being used in school science as a teaching strategy, usually to enhance students' interest and motivation by establishing the relevance of science to everyday life, but also as a way to teach specific concepts, update learning materials, and teach about the nature of science.

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