Enhancing learning, communication and public engagement about climate change – some lessons from recent literature

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TitleEnhancing learning, communication and public engagement about climate change – some lessons from recent literature
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWibeck, V
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume20
Issue3
Pagination387 - 411
Date Published2014/05/04/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsclimate change, communication, learning, non-formal education, public engagement, public understanding
AbstractThis 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.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2013.812720