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  • Date: 02/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    As infographics and other visual forms of data become increasingly common, many educators wonder how to best integrate them into learning activities. Polman and Gebre interviewed 10 experts in science representation to understand common practices they used for selecting and interpreting infographics. The authors build on study results to generate ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Cannady, Greenwald, and Harris call into question the accuracy of the STEM pipeline metaphor. They argue that a decade of pipeline-related policy prescriptions has not significantly affected the numbers or demographics of the STEM workforce. The authors found that almost half of STEM workers did not follow the traditional pipeline to a STEM career. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Recent years have brought a shift in the rhetoric of science communication from initial deficit models to practices involving dialogue and, finally, engagement. But to what extent has this rhetorical shift changed practice in the U.K.? Jensen and Holliman analysed practitioners’ views of their science communication practices. Findings indicate ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2014
    Resource Category: Research Products
    In-class projects can be an effective way for students to learn subject material that relates to authentic problems people address outside of classrooms. Jurow investigated middle-schoolers’ participation in an in-school math project based on the premise of creating a research station in Antarctica. Students’ engagement with the project and ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2014
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Dahlstrom and Ho offer advice on using narrative to communicate about science. They conclude that the rhetorical purpose of the narrative should be thoroughly examined so as not to unfairly influence a reader or listener. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2014
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Brewer and Ley surveyed 851 participants in a U.S. city and revealed relationships among demographic characteristics, religious beliefs, political views, and trust in multiple forms of science communication sources. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2014
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Design-based research (DBR) is a method for testing educational theories while simultaneously studying the process of creating and refining educational interventions. In this article, Sandoval proposes “conjecture mapping” as a technique to guide DBR processes. Conjecture mapping responds to critiques that DBR lacks clear standards and ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2014
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    How do people make sense of conflicting beliefs? Although Gottlieb & Wineburg’s paper is about highly educated professionals reading history, informal science educators will recognize similar issues when working with people who hold beliefs incompatible with scientific ways of understanding the world. “Epistemic switching” was a way of ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2014
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Through this review of research on public engagement with science, Feinstein, Allen, and Jenkins advocate supporting students as “competent outsiders”—untrained in formal sciences, yet using science in ways relevant to their lives. Both formal and informal settings can be well suited for work in which students translate scientific content and ... »
  • Date: 05/08/2013
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Environmental problems pose serious threats to the well-being of all inhabitants on this planet. These threats have attracted attention by researchers across a range of disciplines, from biology and chemistry, to the social and behavioral sciences. But there is a disconnect between the academic knowledge developed by these researchers and the ... »

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