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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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Plummer, Julia D.; Tanis Ozcelik, Arzu; Crowl, Michele M. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Informal science educators' goals for preschool-age audiences (ages 3-5 years) shape how they design opportunities for children and families to learn science. However, little research has explored the opportunities provided by informal science educators for preschool-age children to engage in science practices. We invited 12 informal science…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Science Teachers, Learner Engagement, Preschool Children
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Impey, Chris; Formanek, Martin; Buxner, Sanlyn; Wenger, Matthew – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
The basic science knowledge and attitudes toward science have been compared for (1) adult free-choice learners in an astronomy online course or MOOC, (2) undergraduate non-science majors, and (3) professional scientists from graduate student to professor level. The adult MOOC learners have a higher level of science knowledge than the college…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Scientific Attitudes, Lifelong Learning, Astronomy
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Gavhi-Molefe, Mpfareleni Rejoyce; Jensen, Eric; Joubert, Marina – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Scientists are key actors in public engagement activities, such as science festivals. This study sought to explore factors that encouraged and/or deterred scientists' participation in Scifest Africa, the flagship science festival in South Africa. A self-administered, online survey was completed by 40 scientists who participated in this science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Science Fairs, Exhibits
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Zahry, Nagwan R.; Besley, John C. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
The current study is premised on the expectation that the time university students spend on campus may represent the most substantial exposure they will have to science and scientists in their lifetime. Building on the cultivation theory, we examine whether exposure to science during undergraduate education -- through a major in a natural science…
Descriptors: College Attendance, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Campbell, Todd; Rodriguez, Laura; Moss, David M.; Volin, John C.; Arnold, Chester; Cisneros, Laura; Chadwick, Cary; Dickson, David; Rubenstien, Jesse M.; Abebe, Bethlehem – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
This research aimed to better understand the interaction between positioning and STEM identity authoring as intergenerational teams collaborated to complete community conservation projects, following a two-day conservation and geospatial technology workshop. Scientists and science educators supported these learners as they developed the focus,…
Descriptors: Intergenerational Programs, Community Programs, Conservation (Environment), Adolescents
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Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Brown, Adam Oliver; Carroll, Marissa L.; Blenkarn, Elizabeth; Austin, Bradley; Bretzlaff, Tiffany – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
This study examines an undergraduate biology instructor's use of video reflection for promoting students' development as oral science communicators. After being provided with instruction on how to communicate effectively, students were asked to give scientific oral presentations and reflectively assess their own communicative performance by…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Speech Communication, Science Education, Video Technology
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Duan, Ruoyu Jenny; Walker, Graham J.; Orthia, Lindy A. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Designing exhibits that catch and hold people's interest -- particularly easily distracted children -- is a key challenge for science centres. Here we apply situational interest (SI), a model from educational psychology and STEM education, to understand characteristics exhibit designers use to trigger and/or maintain interest, evoke emotions and…
Descriptors: Science Teaching Centers, Museums, Exhibits, Design
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Yuan, Shupei; Besley, John C. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Science communicators who explicitly seek to achieve specific outcomes and goals efficiently and effectively are engaged in strategic science communication. The current study used qualitative interviews to explore how science bloggers view and practice strategic science communication. Interviews with 20 science bloggers who cover various…
Descriptors: Science Education, Web Sites, Electronic Journals, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Besley, John C.; Garlick, Sarah; Fallon Lambert, Kathy; Tiffany, Leigh Anne – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
This study initially reports on qualitative interviews (n = 17) with scientists at two Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites in the northeastern United States. These interviews suggest the need for greater attention to the role of communication professionals and institutional leadership in fostering high-quality public engagement. The study…
Descriptors: Communication Research, Scientists, Ecology, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Kennedy, Alana A. U.; Thacker, Ian; Nye, Benjamin D.; Sinatra, Gale M.; Swartout, William; Lindsey, Emily – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2021
Informal learning environments, such as museums, provide unique opportunities for science learning. They are deliberately designed to impact public understanding of science and shape visitors' attitudes and behaviors. As a developing technology, augmented reality (AR) offers the transformative potential to support museums' educational missions by…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Museums, Informal Education, Teaching Methods
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