Outside the Pipeline: Reimagining Science Education for Nonscientists

Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2013
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM
Organization:
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Allen and Associates, University of Leeds
Description: 

Educational policy increasingly emphasizes knowledge and skills for the preprofessional “science pipeline” rather than helping students use science in daily life. We synthesize research on public engagement with science to develop a research-based plan for cultivating competent outsiders: nonscientists who can access and make sense of science relevant to their lives. Schools should help students access and interpret the science they need in response to specific practical problems, judge the credibility of scientific claims based on both evidence and institutional cues, and cultivate deep amateur involvement in science.

Citation
DOI:
10.1126/science.1230855
Publication Name: 
Science
Volume: 
340
Number: 
6130
Page Number: 
314
Document:

Team Members

Noah FeinsteinNoah FeinsteinAuthor
Sue AllenAuthor
Edgar JenkinsEdgar JenkinsAuthor

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