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CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION

Goals, Audiences, and Strategies

A WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Sherrie Forrest and Michael A. Feder, Rapporteurs

Board on Science Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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STEERING COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
EDUCATION GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

JOSEPH E. HEIMLICH (Chair), The Ohio State University and Institute for Learning Innovation

CHARLES W. ANDERSON, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

DAVID BLOCKSTEIN, National Council for Science and the Environment

ANN BOSTROM, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

WÄNDI BRUINE DE BRUIN, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

EDWARD MAIBACH, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

MICHAEL A. FEDER, Study Director

SHERRIE FORREST, Associate Program Officer

MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Director, Board on Science Education

PAUL C. STERN, Director, Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change

REBECCA KRONE, Program Associate

ANTHONY BROWN, Senior Program Assistant

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BOARD ON SCIENCE EDUCATION

HELEN R. QUINN (Chair), Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University

PHILIP BELL, Learning Sciences, LIFE Center, University of Washington

GEORGE R. BOGGS, American Association of Community Colleges

WILLIAM B. BONVILLIAN, MIT Washington Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington, DC

JOSEPH S. FRANCISCO, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

ADAM GAMORAN, Department of Sociology and Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison

JERRY P. GOLLUB, Natural Sciences and Physics Departments, Haverford College

MARGARET A. HONEY, New York Hall of Science

JANET HUSTLER, Partnership for Student Success in Science (PS3), Synopsys, Inc.

SUSAN W. KIEFFER, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BRETT D. MOULDING, Utah Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning

CARLO PARRAVANO, Merck Institute for Science Education

SUSAN R. SINGER, Department of Biology, Carleton College

WILLIAM B. WOOD, Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Director

HEIDI A. SCHWEINGRUBER, Deputy Director

MICHAEL A. FEDER, Senior Program Officer

MARGARET HILTON, Senior Program Officer

THOMAS E. KELLER, Senior Program Officer

NATALIE NIELSEN, Senior Program Officer

SHERRIE FORREST, Associate Program Officer

REBECCA KRONE, Program Associate

ANTHONY BROWN, Senior Program Assistant

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Acknowledgments

This workshop summary is based on discussions at a workshop convened by the Board on Science Education (BOSE), in collaboration with the Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Division on Earth and Life Studies, of the National Research Council (NRC) on October 21 and 22, 2010. We thank our colleagues who served on the steering committee for the workshop, each of whom brought deep and varied expertise to the process of planning the workshop. The members of the steering committee developed the agenda, identified presenters, selected presenters and paper authors, and facilitated discussion throughout the workshop. Although they did not participate in writing this report, this summary reflects the insightful comments of the steering committee members, presenters and many of the workshop participants. The workshop was generously supported by the National Science Foundation as part of the NRC Roundtable on Climate Change Education.

This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the NRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Richard M. Amasino, Depart-

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ment of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Ann E. Benbow, Education, Outreach and Development, American Geological Institute; Edward Maibach, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University; Matthew C. Nisbet, School of Communication, American University; Louie Rivers, Departments of Criminal Justice and Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University; Lloyd M. Robeson, College of Engineering, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Purdue University; and Ponisseril Somasundaran, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Cary I. Sneider, Portland State University. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authors and the institution.

We are grateful for the leadership and support of Martin Storksdieck, director of the Board on Science Education; Paul Stern, director of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change; and Michael Feder, senior program officer with the Board on Science Education. We thank Michael Feder and Sherrie Forrest, associate program officer with BOSE and the Ocean Studies Board for serving as rapporteurs of the workshop, and Margaret Hilton, senior program officer with BOSE for her valuable contributions and considerable work on this summary. Rebecca Krone deserves our thanks for her flawless logistical support throughout the project; and Amanda Purcell for logistical support at the workshop. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the support of the Executive and the Reports Office of the NRC Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for hosting the workshop.

Joseph E. Heimlich, Chair
Steering Committee on Climate Change
Education Goals and Objectives

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Acronyms

CCEP Climate Change Education Partnership Program
CLEAN Climate Literacy Education Awareness Network Pathway
CWM conservative white male
   
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
   
IPL Interfaith Power and Light
   
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NRC National Research Council
NSF National Science Foundation
NWF National Wildlife Federation
   
USGCRP U.S. Global Climate Research Program
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The global scientific and policy community now unequivocally accepts that human activities cause global climate change. Although information on climate change is readily available, the nation still seems unprepared or unwilling to respond effectively to climate change, due partly to a general lack of public understanding of climate change issues and opportunities for effective responses. The reality of global climate change lends increasing urgency to the need for effective education on earth system science, as well as on the human and behavioral dimensions of climate change, from broad societal action to smart energy choices at the household level.

The public's limited understanding of climate change is partly the result of four critical challenges that have slowed development and delivery of effective climate change education. As one response to these challenges, Congress, in its 2009 and 2010 appropriation process, requested that the National Science Foundation (NSF) create a program in climate change education to provide funding to external grantees to improve climate change education in the United States. To support and strengthen these education initiatives, the Board on Science Education of the National Research Council (NRC) created the Climate Change Education Roundtable. The Roundtable convened two workshops. Climate Change Education Goals, Audiences, and Strategies is a summary of the discussions and presentations from the first workshop, held October 21 and 22, 2010. This report focuses on two primary topics: public understanding and decision maker support. It should be viewed as an initial step in examining the research on climate change and applying it in specific policy circumstances.

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