Communicating Chemistry in Informal Settings

Saturday, September 15, 2012 to Monday, August 31, 2015
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Public Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops
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Chemistry | Education and learning science
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences' Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) and Board on Science Education (BOSE) are collaborating on a three-year project to develop a framework for effective chemistry communications, outreach, and education in informal settings. The initiative will include a "landscape" study that will synthesize lessons learned from practice along with education and learning science research about chemistry learning and teaching in informal and formal settings. The overall process will define a set of principles for engaging the public with chemistry and embed these principles into a broad framework that chemists and informal science education professionals could use to identify a set of effective strategies for a given audience and a given educational or communication goal. The guidance and tools resulting from this activity, which is a chemistry-specific case study, should be more generally applicable to science and engineering communications, informal education and outreach. Findings are also likely to apply to aspects of formal education.

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Team Members

Teresa FrybergerTeresa FrybergerPrincipal Investigator
Dorothy ZolandzDorothy ZolandzFormer Principal Investigator
Martin StorksdieckCo-Principal Investigator

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