How Do We Know What We Know? Resources for the Public Understanding of Scientific Evidence

July 1st, 2005 - June 30th, 2009 | PROJECT

This project is designed to improve communication between scientists and the public focusing on the role of evidence in science. It is a two-year project that includes: 1) implementing a national survey on the public use of science web sites; 2) conducting a national Science Education Outreach Forum bringing together scientists and informal science educators; 3) implementing workshop sessions at a national conference to disseminate lessons learned from the survey and Forum; and 4) developing a prototype website on the role of evidence that will be evaluated for audience engagement and understanding. This project builds on the Exploratorium's prior NSF-funded project (ESI#9980619) developing innovative strategies using the Internet to link scientists and the public using Webcasts, annotated datasets and interactive web resources. Project collaborators include the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Palmer Station, Scripps Oceanographic Institute, FermiLab and the Society of Hispanic Physicists among others. The research and evaluation of the project has the potential for strategic impact by providing new information and models on how science centers can more effectively use the Internet to improve communication between scientists and the public while engaging learners more effectively.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Robert Semper, Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Melissa Alexander, Former Co-Principal Investigator, Exploratorium


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0452128
Funding Amount: 1493336


Access and Inclusion: Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities
Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Computing and information science | Education and learning science | General STEM | Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Conferences | Media and Technology | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media