Collaboration for chemistry communication: Insights from a research-practice partnership

Date: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: 
Chemistry | Social science and psychology
Organization:
Museum of Science, Boston, Science Museum of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Description: 

As several recent National Academies of Sciences reports have highlighted, greater science communication research is needed on 1) communicating chemistry, and 2) building research-practice partnerships to advance communication across science issues. Here we report our insights in both areas, gathered from a multi-year collaboration to advance our understanding of how to communicate about chemistry with the public. Researchers and practitioners from science museums across the U.S. partnered with academic social scientists in science communication to develop and conduct multi-strand data collections on chemistry communication and informal education. Our focus was on increasing interest in, the perceived relevance of, and self-efficacy concerning chemistry through hands-on activities and connecting chemistry to broader themes concerning everyday life and societal impacts. We outline challenges and benefits of the project that future collaborations can gain from and illustrate how our strands of work complemented each other to create a more complete picture of public perceptions of chemistry.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1612482
Funding Amount: 
$2,930,748.00
Citation
DOI:
doi.org/10.22323/2.20040801
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
20
Number: 
4

Team Members

Elizabeth KollmannCo-Principal Investigator
Allison AndersonAllison AndersonEvaluator
Marta BeyerMarta BeyerEvaluator
Owen WeitzmanOwen WeitzmanEvaluator
Gretchen HauptEvaluator
picHever VelázquezEvaluator
Emily HowellEmily HowellEvaluator
Dietram ScheufeleDietram ScheufeleEvaluator
Shiyu YangShiyu YangEvaluator

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