About The Project

About the Project

How do we know what we know?
This project uses case studies to examine how scientists construct a functional understanding of the world by gathering, assessing, and making use of scientific evidence. Examining the nature of evidence is a critical part of science literacy and a key to understanding our own process of knowledge acquisition.
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New Digital Media and Public Engagement in Science: Promises, Challenges, and a Joint Education Research Agenda

On October 9, 2008, 66 participants representing federal agencies, science organizations, and informal science and communications researchers from across the country gathered in Arlington, Virginia, to participate in a project-sponsored forum titled “New Digital Media and Public Engagement in Science: Promises, Challenges, and a Joint Education Research Agenda.” The forum was designed to examine the possibility of enhancing collaboration between formal and informal science organizations in their research, dissemination, and interaction with the public.  Click on the links below to see the complete documentation from this program.

1-NewDigitalMediaAgenda_10-09-08.pdf [Download]
2-NewDigitalMediaForumAttendees.pdf [Download]
3-NewDigitalMediaForumNotes.pdf [Download]
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How Do We Know What We Know? Resources for the Public Understanding of Scientific Evidence is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with the additional generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Jim Clark Endowment for Internet Education, and the McBean Family Foundation.








This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0452128. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.