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ERIC Number: EJ999488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
From Data to Policy: An Undergraduate Program in Research and Communication
Fuoco, Rebecca; Blum, Arlene; Peaslee, Graham F.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v42 n2 p44-49 Nov 2012
To bridge the gap between science and policy, future scientists should receive training that incorporates policy implications into the design, analysis, and communication of research. We present a student Science and Policy course for undergraduate science majors piloted at the University of California, Berkeley in the summer of 2011. During this program, pairs of students undertake research projects while receiving instruction in both research methods and science translation. In addition to completing short-term research projects, the students produce materials designed to communicate their results to decision makers and the public. This article provides a detailed description of this course's organization and structure and a preliminary evaluation. Suggestions for others interested in designing (and conducting educational research on) a similar interdisciplinary program are provided. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California