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Mangan, Jennifer M.; Newman, David; Doss, Kerlin B.; Virani, Shanil N. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
In this exploratory study, we looked at the effect adding a choreographed song to camp had on middle-school aged campers' retention of two concepts: order of the planets with increasing distance from the Sun, and phases of the Moon listed in the correct order. We conducted pre- and post-assessments on these questions for multiple years of the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Astronomy, Singing, Teaching Methods
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Grimberg, B. Irene; Williamson, Kathryn; Key, Joey Shapiro – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
The recent discovery and ongoing detection of Einstein's predicted gravitational waves offers an exciting opportunity for engaging the general public in science. In order to reach a wide range of people with different science-art identities, levels of physics expertise, age, and gender, the "Celebrating Einstein" festival merges science,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Art Education, Science Education, Science Fairs
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Jadva, Vasanti; Vilsbol, Tatiana; Ayed, Nadia; Imrie, Susan; Jones, Catherine M.; Lamba, Nishtha; McConnachie, Anja; Vasques, Simone; Golombok, Susan; Zadeh, Sophie – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
More children than ever before are conceived with the use of assisted reproductive technologies and many are raised in families that are structurally different from most. Research on the experiences of children growing up in diverse families has shown that children may face disapproval, a lack of understanding, and in some cases, bullying by those…
Descriptors: Family Structure, Diversity, Drama, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Yuan, Shupei; Dudo, Anthony; Besley, John C. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
Scientific societies play an important role in scientists' career development and can have an impact on scientific advancement. The current study explores scientific societies' view of and support for public engagement. Interviews with key actors of 21 US-based scientific societies suggest that societies recognize the value of public engagement…
Descriptors: Organizations (Groups), Community Involvement, Citizen Participation, Outreach Programs
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McClain, Lucy R.; Zimmerman, Heather Toomey – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
This study investigates how scientist-led educational programs, held in libraries, can make local science issues relevant to families. Given the need for an educated citizenry, it is important to explore if scientists -- as learning facilitators -- can use educational strategies to engage intergenerational groups. We view family learning from a…
Descriptors: Workshops, Relevance (Education), Scientists, Questioning Techniques
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McGregor, D.; Baskerville, D.; Anderson, D.; Duggan, A. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
Understanding the nature of science (NoS) is perplexing for young children because it is concerned with not only understanding how evidence is generated but also what kind of meanings can be made from information collected. However, acting as a scientist-in-role, making independent decisions about what information to collect and deciding how to go…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Active Learning, Inquiry, Foreign Countries
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Shaby, Neta; Assaraf, Orit Ben-Zvi; Tal, Tali – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
This research examines the same 12 school-students making repeat visits over a three-year-period to a science museum. We used a qualitative approach, analysing video recordings of museum visit and interviews with students, focusing on the way students use their former engagement in a science museum using a retrospective view that can offer insight…
Descriptors: Museums, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Interaction
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Massarani, Luisa; Poenaru, Lara Mucci; Norberto Rocha, Jessica; Rowe, Shawn; Falla, Sigrid – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
This qualitative and exploratory study aimed to understand the experience of adolescents during visits outside the school context in science museums and centres, and how the free-choice learning processes are constructed in this context. We analyzed the visits of four adolescents groups, from public schools, to Maloka (Bogotá, Colombia), and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Museums, Exhibits
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Golumbic, Yaela N.; Fishbain, Barak; Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
Technological developments, social networking and the emergence of sensory micro-computation platforms have facilitated the recent growth of citizen science-public participation in scientific research. Citizen science provides lay audiences platforms for data collection and classification alongside access to large scientific databases. Although…
Descriptors: Pollution, Citizen Participation, Users (Information), Scientific Research
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Idema, Jennifer; Patrick, Patricia G. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2019
Despite the growing popularity and frequency of science festivals in the United States (US), the body of science festival research is limited. Using the lens of experiential learning theory, we examined the lasting impacts of science festivals on individual family members' perspectives of the experience, and the similarities and differences in…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Learning Theories, Science Fairs, Active Learning
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Miller, Kelly; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Pre-college student participation in science fairs, robotics competitions, computing contests and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions increases every year in the United States. This is despite the fact that little is known about the relationship between STEM competition participation and career interest in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Regression (Statistics), Student Interests, Competition
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McCauley, Veronica; Martins Gomes, Diogo; Davison, Kevin G. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Informal opportunities for young people to engage with science have increased in response to declining uptake in science and a shortage of science graduates. This paper is set in the context of the recent introduction of science at primary level in Ireland and the existence of a great number of science outreach programmes, in particular from…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Outreach Programs, Teaching Methods
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Pelger, Susanne; Nilsson, Pernilla – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
In this paper we explore how different ways of training communication skills can be successfully implemented in higher education, and which effects these activities may have on science students' learning. Using content analysis, we studied a material consisting of 34 reports, written by 70 academic science teachers, as part of a teacher-training…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Science Education, Integrated Activities, Outcomes of Education
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Stofer, Kathryn A.; Wolfe, Teresa M. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Universities and stakeholders themselves demand more direct impact of scientific research provided through engagement and scientific outreach. Yet few research faculty receive preparation during graduate school or as early career faculty in anything other than research procedures such as scientific communication, education, or outreach. The…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes
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Carsten Conner, Laura D.; Perin, Suzanne M.; Pettit, Erin – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
The issue of girls' lack of connection to science has received much attention. Situated approaches such as research apprenticeships offer the chance to engage learners fully in science communities of practice and thus connect girls to science. However, such programs are often designed with lab settings, rather than field settings, in mind. This…
Descriptors: Females, Science Education, Apprenticeships, Field Experience Programs
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