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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2018/08/03

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

A study on the effectiveness of NCSE's Science Booster Club Program is


A study showing that NCSE's Science Booster Club Program's no-conflict
approach increased community science literacy and engagement was just
published in JCOM Journal of Science Communication. The article


NCSE's SBC program performed well in its pilot stage, generating
significant community engagement and correlating with increased
community science literacy over time. The conclusion that public
informal education on the potentially controversial topics of climate
change and evolution can be acceptable and even welcomed in socially
and politically conservative communities in the United States may come
as a surprise to some readers. The pilot shows that diverse
communities have a significant interest in learning about these
topics, and that there appears to be great potential for civil
discourse and engagement. As the program expands, we plan to continue
to measure its impact on communities' impressions, opinions, and
feelings about climate change, evolution, and science in general.


NCSE's Science Booster Club Program was originally launched by Emily
Schoerning, the author of the JCOM study, in 2015, and is now under
the guidance of Kate Carter, who replaced Schoerning in the summer of

For the article in JCOM, visit: 

For information about Emily Schoerning and Kate Carter, visit: 

And for information about NCSE's Science Booster Club Program, visit: 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
fax 510-788-7971 

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