Catalyzing Public Engagement With Climate Change Through Informal Science Learning Centers

Nathaniel Geiger, Janet K. Swim, John Fraser, Kate Flinner

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Abstract

Using the head, heart, and hands model, we examined a training program designed to catalyze national public engagement with climate change through informal science learning centers (e.g., aquariums, zoos). Survey data were collected from visitors (N = 7,285) observing 1,101 presentations at 117 U.S. institutions before and after presenters participated in communication training. Visitors who attended posttraining (vs. pretraining) presentations reported greater understanding of climate change (head), hope (heart), and intentions to engage in community action (hands). As hypothesized, results suggested these changes were due to an increase in presenters’ discussion of climate change and use of effective communication techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-249
Number of pages29
JournalScience Communication
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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