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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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Essex, Jane; Haxton, Katherine – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
A STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) analysis project undertaken in the context of a historic visitor site is described. The project offered different types of opportunity for scientific working, and involved four distinct groups of participants. Two distinguishing features of the different groups of participants were their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Learner Engagement, Social Capital
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Pelger, Susanne – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
This study analyses which perspectives occur in science students' texts at different points in time during the process of writing a popular science article. The intention is, thus, to explore how popular science writing can help students discover and discuss different perspectives on science matter. For this purpose, texts written by 12 bachelor…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Bachelors Degrees, College Science
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Kennedy, Eric B.; Jensen, Eric A.; Verbeke, Monae – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Scientific institutions are increasingly embracing values of inclusivity and public engagement, but how do these two dimensions intersect? Science festivals have rapidly expanded in recent years as an outgrowth of these values, aiming to engage and educate the public about scientific topics and research. While resources invested in public…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Disproportionate Representation, Economically Disadvantaged, Science and Society
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Rosenthal, Sonny – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Do individuals use video sharing sites in their free time to learn about science, and if so, why? This study takes a preliminary look at individual differences that motivate online science video seeking. Among 273 Singapore Internet users who participated in an online survey, most reported using YouTube during the previous week, and one-third…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Social Media, Individual Differences, Sciences
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Robertson Evia, Jane; Peterman, Karen; Cloyd, Emily; Besley, John – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Self-efficacy, or the beliefs people hold about their ability to succeed in certain pursuits, is a long-established construct. Self-efficacy for science communication distinguishes scientists who engage with the public and relates to scientists' attitudes about the public. As such, self-efficacy for public engagement has the potential to serve as…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Scientists, Self Concept Measures, Program Validation
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Corin, Elysa N.; Jones, M. Gail; Andre, Thomas; Childers, Gina M. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
STEM hobbies are free-choice activities through which participating individuals may develop sophisticated STEM knowledge and expertise. To date, research into STEM hobbies and hobbyists has examined hobby groups by subject area. Missing from this body of work is research that examines the development and participation in different types of hobbies…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Leisure Time, Recreational Activities, Age Differences
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Uzick, Robert; Patrick, Patricia G. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Every year millions of families visit arboretums and botanical gardens, but little research has been conducted into the complex processes at play on a family nature hike. This qualitative study sought to better understand the roles family members play during the hike, the elements of the trail which they mention, the cognitive level of their…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Family Programs, Gardening, Recreational Facilities
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Tseng, Anita S. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
With the advent of Web 2.0 media, there is a greater prevalence of science misinformation available to the public. This issue is particularly problematic for novices who often believe that science in the media is factual and objective, even though an expected outcome of secondary education is to develop students' abilities to critically evaluate…
Descriptors: Immunization Programs, Misconceptions, Scientific Literacy, Critical Thinking
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Calado, Florbela M.; Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef; Bogner, Franz X. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Our paper analyses the genetics and gene technology contents of German (Bavarian) and Portuguese biology textbooks, as fields common in science-technology-society-environment (STSE) issues. Our aim was to determine the extent to which textbooks from both countries contribute to students' understanding of the STSE issues and therefore to students'…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Textbook Content, Content Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Schaal, Sonja; Otto, Siegmar; Schaal, Steffen; Lude, Armin – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Geogames are mobile, location-based and location dependent games for devices like smartphones and tablets. As geogames are played outdoors they offer various possibilities for environmental education. The geogame entitled FindeVielfalt "Simulation" is a location dependent game, developed in the BioDiv2Go project, which provides sensory…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Environmental Education
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