Public understanding of and sense of responsibility for global climate change

January 1st, 2013 | RESEARCH

At first glance, public knowledge of climate science appears encouraging. When prompted, most people can correctly identify some of the contributors to climate change. But they are much less likely to do so when they are not shown a checklist of possible causes. This study examined public understanding of two commonly used terms: “global warming” and “climate change.” The findings have important implications for informal science educators seeking to develop effective programmes and exhibitions on climate science.


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Heather King, Author, King's College London

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Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Climate | Education and learning science
Resource Type: Research Brief | Research Products
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Exhibitions | Media and Technology | Public Programs