approach to assessment offers real insights into design competency but does not address technological literacy in the broad sense defined by the committee.

Awareness Survey on Genetically Modified Foods



Jane Macoubrie, Patrick Hamlett, and Carolyn Miller, North Carolina State University, with funding from the National Science Foundation


Research on public involvement in decision making on science and technology issues

What is measured

Knowledge and attitudes toward genetically modified foods

Target population

American adults

Item format

Multiple choice

Sample size

45 adults in North Carolina

Frequency of administration

Once, in 2001


Jane Macoubrie, Department of Communication, North Carolina State University


This project was inspired by the Danish practice of providing opportunities for citizens to participate in “consensus conferences” to discuss science and technology issues and make policy recommendations to the government. Conference participants are non-experts who are provided with extensive background information on a subject and then

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