Investigating Science Education

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Communicating Climate Change Content in Small and Mid-Sized Museums: Challenges and Opportunities

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Breaking Down Barriers
2021

Communicating Climate Change Content in Small and Mid-Sized Museums: Challenges and Opportunities, from researchers at the National Center for Science Education, reviews common challenges to incorporating climate change in rural museums, along with an overview of how partnerships can overcome these barriers using theory-based science communication approaches.

Small Museums and Community Partnerships: Equity, Education, and Interpretation

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Breaking Down Barriers
2021

Small Museums and Community Partnerships: Equity, Education, and Interpretation, from researchers at the National Center for Science Education, examines practices for effective partnerships at nine small museums.

Public acceptance of evolution in the United States, 1985–2020

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Evolution
2021

Public acceptance of evolution in the United States, 1985–2020, from researchers at NCSE, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oviedo in Spain is based on a series of national public opinion surveys conducted over the last 35 years and finds that a majority of Americans now accept evolution.

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Teaching evolution in U.S. public middle schools: results of the first national survey

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Evolution education
2021

Teaching evolution in U.S. public middle schools: results of the first national survey, from researchers at NCSE and Penn State University, is the first systematic attempt to investigate middle school evolution education through a representative survey of science teachers.

It Takes a Village: Finding Common Ground Among Stakeholders

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Outreach
Graduate Student Outreach Fellowship
2020

Michelle Valkanas, an NCSE 2019 Graduate Student Outreach Fellow, shared her fellowship research on strategies for effective community engagement at the 2020 Association of Science and Technology Center conference. Her poster, which explains how NCSE works with communities to make climate change and evolution accessible and relevant, garnered more than 200 views during the virtual event.

Making the Grade? How State Public School Standards Address Climate Change

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Climate change
2020

Making the Grade? How State Public School Standards Address Climate Change provides an analysis of every state's science standards when it comes to climate change. Developed by NCSE and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, the report has a companion website with an interactive map.

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How well is climate change addressed in schools?
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Teaching evolution in U.S. public schools: a continuing challenge

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Evolution education
2020

Teaching evolution in U.S. public schools: a continuing challenge details a rigorous, nationwide NCSE/Penn State survey of high school biology teachers that finds promising and significant improvements in evolution education over the past 12 years — the last time a similar study was conducted.

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Mixed Messages: How Climate Change is Taught in America's Public Schools

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Climate change
2016

Mixed Messages: How Climate Change is Taught in America's Public Schools is a detailed report of the first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conceived and funded by NCSE and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

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Dispatches from the Evolution Wars: Shifting Tactics and Expanding Battlefields

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Evolution education
Creationism
2010

To understand the ongoing challenges facing evolution education in the United States, it is necessary to appreciate creationist actions at the different levels of educational governance — state legislatures, state boards of education, local boards of education, and finally the individual classroom — that serve as the battlegrounds for the evolution education wars.

Evolution and Creationism in America's Classrooms: A National Portrait

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Evolution education
2008

Evolution and Creationism in America's Classrooms: A National Portrait, the first nationally representative survey of teachers concerning the teaching of evolution, found that a majority teach the topic inaccurately or inadequately. 

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