Collaborative Research: Embedding Public Engagement with Science at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites

Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to Friday, July 31, 2020
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions | Projects
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Park, Outdoor, and Garden Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks
Audience: 
Adults | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Education and learning science
Organization:
Michigan State University, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, CUNY - Advanced Science Research Center, Boston University, Harvard University
Description: 

As part of its overall strategy to enhance learning in informal environments, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments. This includes providing multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences, advancing innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments, and developing understandings of deeper learning by participants. This project will embed public engagement with science (PES) into the cultures and practices of two Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites: the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire and the Harvard Forest in Massachusetts. The goals are 1) to build knowledge about the mutual learning between scientists and adult stakeholders in face-to-face engagement setting and 2) to develop evidence-based practices in the content of place-based ecosystem research. This is a collaborative project of 3 universities (Michigan State University, Harvard, and CUNY) and the two LTERs. Two primary research questions guide this work. First, how willing are participating scientists to take part in PES? What are their attitudes and beliefs about whether engagement can be effective and whether they have the necessary skills? Second, how willing are participating scientists to build relationships with stakeholders using normed tactics? Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be used to collect evidence including semi-structured interviews and surveys. A general set of hypothesis include that there will be positive changes in LTER scientists willingness to participate in PES, attitudes, and efficacy beliefs.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1713197
Funding Amount: 
$169,830.00
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1713204
Funding Amount: 
$591,637.00
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1713219
Funding Amount: 
$49,450.00
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1713222
Funding Amount: 
$68,993.00
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1713307
Funding Amount: 
$344,407.00

Team Members

John BesleyJohn BesleyPrincipal Investigator
Sarah GarlickPrincipal Investigator
Peter GroffmanPeter GroffmanPrincipal Investigator
Pamela TemplerPamela TemplerPrincipal Investigator
Kathleen LambertKathleen LambertPrincipal Investigator

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