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Enhancing learning, communication and public engagement about climate change – some lessons from recent literature
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Environmental Education Research, ISSN 1350-4622, E-ISSN 1469-5871, Vol. 20, no 3, 387-411 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper sets out to develop key messages for the theory and practice of environmental education from a review of recent research literature on climate change communication (CCC) and education. It focuses on how learners of climate science understand messages on climate change, the communicative contexts for education on climate change, the barriers that can be found to public engagement with climate change issues, and how these barriers can be addressed. 92 peer-reviewed studies were examined. The analysis focuses on the goals and strategies of CCC, and how barriers can be addressed given the research findings on: (a) the content of CCC, (b) visualizations, (c) framing, (d) audience segmentation. The paper concludes that CCC and education need to address barriers to public engagement on several levels simultaneously. It recommends that scholars of environmental education focus critical attention on how practice addresses senses and spheres of agency; sociocultural factors; and the complexities of developing scientific literacy given the interpretative frames and prior understandings that are brought to bear by the public in non-formal education settings.

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Routledge, 2014. Vol. 20, no 3, 387-411 p.
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climate change; communication; public understanding; public engagement; learning; non-formal education
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96012DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2013.812720ISI: 000333951100006OAI: diva2:640238
Making sense of climate change. A study of the formation and maintenance of social representations
Swedish Research Council, 2008-1723
Available from: 2013-08-13 Created: 2013-08-13 Last updated: 2014-10-24Bibliographically approved

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