Risk Literacy is understood as the ability to perceive the risk of individuals, communities and/or the environment they are exposed to and a derive appropriate decision for risk mitigation from the awarness about the risks. The term's meaning has been expanded to include the ability to use detect actively the risk, identify risk mitigation resources and other means to understand and use these resources. Risk perception is the subjective judgment people make about the severity and/or probability of a risk, and may vary person to person. Any human endeavor carries some risk, but some are much riskier than others.[1]

Risk and Response edit

Basic Risk and Response Cycle

Risk Literacy is understood as the ability to

  • (Risk) perceive and process risks (Risk Awareness)and
  • (Response) perform activities of risk mitigation.

If we consider risk as:


risk awareness might refer to the probability and/or the impact of events for the exposed population. Citizens might regard a risk as not high because the probability is not high (e.g. accident in an atomic power plant) or they might be very afraid of the risk because they aware of the huge impact on society, long-term contamination of areas and the impact on public health. Scientific assessment of risk literacy involves both

  • the comprehension about the probability and
  • the comprehension about the impact.

Subtopics edit

Learning Task edit

See also edit

Suggested ToDos for Author edit

  • Decompose the resource into subresources with own learning tasks - (DONE)
  • Test design for Risk Literacy - add topic, including computer-adaptive test (see Concerto - University of Cambridge[3]

References edit

  1. Hansson, Sven Ove; Zalta, Edward N. (Spring 2014). "Risk". The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  2. OpenLayers - webbased framework to visualize maps - https://openlayers.org
  3. Magis, D., & Barrada, J. R. (2017). Computerized adaptive testing with R: Recent updates of the package catR. Journal of Statistical Software, 76(1), 1-19.