Where Informal STEM Education and Science Communication Meet: Two Studies Chart the Intersection of ISE and SciComm
Informal Science Education (ISE) and Science Communication (SciComm) are two overlapping but distinct fields that support engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a variety of settings. Though fluid boundaries and fuzzy definitions make a clear distinction between ISE and SciComm difficult, the two fields nevertheless exhibit strong differences in core values and goals, based in part on different histories, commitments, and trajectories.
This paper summarizes two studies conducted by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE):
- A survey of established ISE and SciComm researchers and practitioners
- A bibliometric analysis of select ISE and SciComm research journals from 2012 to 2016