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  • Date: 06/04/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    With the acceleration and increasing complexity of macro-scale problems such as climate change, the need for scientists to ensure that their work is understood has become urgent. As citizens and recipients of public funds for research, scientists have an obligation to communicate their findings in ways many people can understand. However, ... »
  • Date: 05/19/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Human-induced global change has triggered the sixth major extinction event on earth with profound consequences for humans and other species. A scientifically literate public is necessary to find and implement approaches to prevent or slow species loss. Creating science-inspired art can increase public understanding of the current anthropogenic ... »
  • Date: 03/14/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) shares the programs and publications it developed to advance E-STEM—the integration of environmental education into STEM. ... »
  • Date: 03/14/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) is a framework for integrating modern, mobile technology into outdoor, experiential science education. DOTS addresses longstanding tensions between modern technology and classical outdoor education by carefully selecting appropriate digital technology for educational purposes and by situating these ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Science in the Learning Gardens (henceforth, SciLG) program was designed to address two well-documented, inter-related educational problems: under-representation in science of students from racial and ethnic minority groups and inadequacies of curriculum and pedagogy to address their cultural and motivational needs. Funded by the National Science ... »
  • Date: 02/15/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses the Montana Groundwater Academy, a high school program that integrates classroom and field-based experiences to teach the fundamentals of groundwater science. ... »
  • Date: 01/16/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This brief discusses the PLUM LANDING Explore Outdoors Toolkit, a new set of free, public media resources designed to help informal educators and parents infuse science learning into outdoor recreation. Developed by trusted media producer WGBH in partnership with researchers at Education Development Center (EDC), the Toolkit aims to get children ( ... »
  • Date: 01/16/2018
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses the Youth in Science Action Club (SAC), which uses citizen science to investigate nature, document their discoveries, share data with the scientific community, and design strategies to protect the planet. Through collaborations with regional and national partners, SAC expands access to environmental science curriculum and ... »
  • Date: 12/13/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper analyzes data collected but not reported in the study featured in van der Linden, Leiserowitz, Feinberg, and Maibach [van der Linden et al., 2015]. VLFM report finding that a “scientific consensus” message “increased” experiment subjects' “key beliefs about climate change” and “in turn” their “support for public action” to mitigate it. ... »
  • Date: 12/13/2017
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, we respond to the critiques presented by [Kahan, 2017]. Contrary to claims that the scientific consensus message did not significantly influence the key mediator and outcome variables in our model, we show that the experiment in [van der Linden et al., 2015] did in fact directly influence key beliefs about climate change. We also ... »

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