Moral Motives & STEM-informed Action | Motivos morales y acción basada en STEM

March 17th, 2023 | RESEARCH

The informal learning community often assumes that people choose to learn for one of two reasons: dispassionate interest in the subject, or some kind of drive for achievement or mastery. But this story is incomplete — what about motivations for learning that are connected to our desire to protect other people or support their wellbeing?

Between January and April 2022, we brought together theorists and science communicators from informal learning institutions (including news outlets). The goal was to have them talk directly to each other about what questions matter most for science communication: what answers moral theory might provide, and what practical insights might better inform theory. We also think it's important to point out that we shun binaries: many of our participants are both researchers (perhaps theorists) and practitioners, although we sometimes asked everyone to self-identify as primarily one or the other for break-out purposes.

The open-access proceedings from this conference are available in both English and Spanish. Thanks to Leticia Molinero Translation Studio for translating the proceedings into Spanish! Chapters include provocations for both informal STEM learning and moral psychology, dialogues between participants, and individual reflections, or you can download the entire volume.


Team Members

John Voiklis, Principal Investigator, Knology
Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Co-Principal Investigator, Knology
Uduak Grace Thomas, Editor, Knology
Bennett Attaway, Contributor, Knology
Lisa Chalik, Contributor, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University
Jason Corwin, Contributor, University at Buffalo Department of Indigenous Studies
Kevin Crowley, Contributor, University of Pittsburgh
Michelle Ciurria, Contributor
Colleen Cotter, Contributor, Queen Mary University of London
Martina Efeyini, Contributor, Science News
Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, Contributor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jacklyn Grace Lacey, Contributor
Reyhaneh Maktoufi, Contributor, HHMI | Tangled Bank Studio
Bertram Malle, Contributor, Brown University
Jo-Elle Mogerman, Contributor, St. Louis Zoo
Laura Niemi, Contributor, Cornell University
Laura Santhanam, Contributor, PBS NewsHour


Identifier Type: doi

Publication: Moral Motives & STEM-informed Action | Motivos morales y acción basada en STEM


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 2139278

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A conference to explore theories regarding how moral motives move people from STEM information learning to STEM-informed action


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