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Spooner, Sarah Louise; Jensen, Eric Allen; Tracey, Louise; Marshall, Andrew Robert – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Live animal shows, which combine animal facts with trained behaviours, are commonly used to engage zoo visitors globally. However, such shows have been criticised for portraying a potentially unhelpful image of 'performing animals' and have raised issues of animal welfare ethics. Little is known about the educational effectiveness of these shows.…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Animals, Recreational Facilities
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Kersting, Magdalena; Steier, Rolf; Venville, Grady – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Virtual reality applications turn abstract concepts into experienceable phenomena and present exciting opportunities to transform science education and public outreach practices. While research has started to look into the affordances of virtual reality (VR) in the formal science education context, the potential of these technologies to enhance…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Science Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Browne, Rebecca K.; Allen, Patricia J.; Noam, Gil G. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
We report on national trends in STEM program quality using the Dimensions of Success (DoS), an empirical observation tool that provides a common definition of STEM program quality. We analyzed ratings for 12 dimensions of quality obtained from 452 DoS observations performed in 452 STEM-focused OST programs across 25 U.S. states by certified DoS…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Program Evaluation, Nonschool Educational Programs, Success
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Laslo, Esther; Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Recent conceptualizations of science literacy, a key aim of contemporary science education, suggest defining it as a function of actual uses of science in daily life. We characterize expressions of science literacy in online authentic public discourse, using content analysis of a year's worth of widely-read Israeli online news site coverage of…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Internet, Discussion Groups, Animals
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Carver, Alexandra; Garner, Joanna K.; Kaplan, Avi; Pugh, Kevin J. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Opportunities to engage with science exist in a variety of non-formal educational contexts, but rarely have studies examined ways to leverage science interest and learning at community science events and other single-attendance occasions. This study builds on Yeager and Walton's (2011) concept of brief, wise interventions by using open-ended…
Descriptors: Attendance, Motivation, Informal Education, Learner Engagement
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Yonai, Ella; Blonder, Ron – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
A one-hour guided discourse was designed to support developing the outreach communication skills of physics experts with middle school students. The participants consisted of 12 physics researchers who conduct research in the field of nanoscale science and technology (NST). The guided discourse consisted of a professional development task for…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Skill Development, Expertise, Physics
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Stylinski, Cathlyn Davis; Peterman, Karen; Phillips, Tina; Linhart, Jenna; Becker-Klein, Rachel – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
Skill-based outcomes play a prominent role in citizen science experiences as they are situated directly between the dual, intertwining goals of advancing science learning and science research. Regular and transparent assessment of volunteers' science inquiry skills can support these goals, but we lack a comprehensive understanding of how these…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Citizen Participation, Scientific Research, Volunteers
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Canovan, Cherry – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
Science festivals are a rapidly-growing phenomenon worldwide, and many such events host trips by school parties. However, what type of learning takes place on these visits, and how effective it is, is an area that merits more academic study. This paper investigates these questions from the perspective of three groups -- teachers, pupils and…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Science Fairs, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Allen, Sue; Kastelein, Kate; Mokros, Jan; Atkinson, Jennifer; Byrd, Scott – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
We describe the research and development of an NSF-funded, five-year experimental program to strengthen informal (out-of-school) STEM learning by youth in five rural communities. The central component of the model was a cadre of community members known as 'STEM Guides' who were hired to work as brokers between youth and the STEM learning resources…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Rural Areas, Youth Programs, Community Programs
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Yoon, Jiyoon; Kim, Kyoung Jin; Koo, Katie – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
This study was to design and explore the effects of an enrichment program on the leadership, attitude, and motivation of ethnic minority gifted and talented students who want to be scientists and engineers in the future. Ten gifted and talented students participated in this study, Youth Science and Technology Leadership Camp (YSTLC). A leadership…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Minority Group Students, Academically Gifted, Science Education
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McKinley-Hicks, Megan – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
This paper highlights an investigation of how middle school students responded to a theatre performance designed to portray science as a humanistic and relatable endeavour that youth -- similar to the youth in the audience -- engage in during their everyday lives. The play included in this study was generated as a part of a design research project…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Middle School Students, Theater Arts, Cooperation
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Cole, Laura B.; Lindsay, G.; Akturk, A. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
The choice to create or renovate museum buildings to green building standards is a growing trend for science museums. With access to green facilities comes the potential to extend informal science learning into the three-dimensional architectural environment. To examine how and if museums with green buildings interpret their buildings for the…
Descriptors: Building Design, Facility Improvement, Conservation (Environment), Recycling
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Bisbee O'Connell, Kari; Keys, Brianna; Storksdieck, Martin; Rosin, Mark – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
Dedicated science learning spaces such as science museums, science cafes, or science media attract mostly those who seek out science learning experiences. This self-selection represents a major challenge for broadening participation in informal science learning (ISL). In this study, we examine an approach to ISL that aims at reaching audiences who…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Science Activities, Participation, Informal Education
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García-Guerrero, Miguel; Lewenstein, Bruce V. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
The main goal for Science Recreation Workshops (SRWs) is to build communities that create meaningful experiences, while participants engage with science in a practical manner. This triggers processes where acting and knowing go hand-in-hand to involve each person as a whole. This requires physical, intellectual and emotional interaction to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workshops, Science Instruction, Experiential Learning
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Wang, Guoyan; Wang, Lingfei; Ye, Zi – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2020
Tao Xingzhi was the initiator of science education in China. He initiated the 'marrying science with the public' movement in 1931, which formed the starting point of modern science education in China. The two cores of the movement are science popularization and saving the nation through science education. Looking back at the history of nearly…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Education History, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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