Special Issue "Modelling, Assessment, and Promotion of Climate Literacy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: teaching and learning "evolution" and “energy"; Climate Literacy; biology teachers’ professional competence; public understanding of science; enrichment
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Interests: attitudes and willingness to act in the field of energy transitions; climate literacy; education for sustainable development; nature of science in physics education
Several studies show that students often lack conceptual knowledge and show multiple misconceptions when explaining climate change. Hence, it is often argued that science education should focus on conveying sufficient conceptual knowledge about climate change, its causes and consequences, and potential ways of adaptation and mitigation. However, besides scientific content knowledge, decision-making and the intention to act in the context of climate change seem to also be influenced by non-scientific factors, such as attitudes and value attribution. The USGCRP (2009) thus promotes focusing of education on climate literacy, which includes specific knowledge about climate change, as well as the abilities and attitudes relevant to act in a climate-protecting manner. So far, evidence-based teaching approaches for education about climate literacy, as well as research studies examining the impact of climate literacy on actual decision-making and intention to act, are rare. With this Special Issue, we aim to provide a collection of relevant studies about how climate literacy can be modeled, how its different dimensions can be efficiently assessed, and how it can be promoted through meaningful instruction. In conclusion, we aim to provide an overview of the current challenges in climate literacy research and how they could be addressed in the future. For this purpose, empirical studies as well as manuscripts on theoretical considerations about climate literacy teaching and learning are welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Ute Harms
Dr. Hanno Michel
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