[ASC-list] Scientific literacy of our leaders?

Elizabeth.Yuncken at csiro.au Elizabeth.Yuncken at csiro.au
Tue Feb 21 00:29:48 UTC 2012

Hi Listers

A colleague has been wondering whether the scientific literacy levels of a country's leaders (CEOs & politicians) is correlated to economic performance. Does anyone know of any research into the comparative scientific literacy levels of top leaders around the world?

My colleague put the question like this:

"It would be great to understand more fully the impact of scientific literacy to aspects of leadership and performance.

-          Eg. knowing scientific literacy of CEOs (of say the ASX 100 and comparable groups overseas) and tying this into the company's investment in R&D and overall performance

-          Eg. knowing the scientific literacy of our elected officials and comparisons to overseas parliaments.
"By literacy I mean having studied STEM subjects at university either as the major focus of the degree or as a component of the degree (maybe even with some differentiation between the two)"

What does the literature say (if anything)? Would make an interesting PhD topic!


Elizabeth Yuncken
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