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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Climate Change Education Roundtable Workshops


Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change
Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change is the summary of a workshop, convened by the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education and Board on Environmental Change and Society as part of its Climate Change Education Roundtable series, to explore approaches to the challenges that face state foresters, extension agents, private forestry consultants, and others involved with private family forestland owners on how to take climate change into consideration when making decisions about their forests. The workshop focused on how findings from the behavioral, social, and educational sciences can be used to help prepare for the impacts of climate change. Participants at this workshop discussed the threats to forests posed by climate change and human actions; private forestland owners' values, knowledge, and dispositions about forest management, climate change, and related threats; and strategies for improving communication between forestland owners and service providers about forest management in the face of climate change.

*Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service

Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders
Climate Change Business Cover

Climate Change Education: Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders is the summary of a workshop hosted by the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education in March 2013 to explore issues associated with teaching climate change-related topics in business schools. The workshop focused on major gaps in understanding of climate and sustainability education in postsecondary professional schools of business. The workshop also connected the topic of climate education for current and future business leaders with a broader discussion on climate change education and how they influence and can benefit each other. This report discusses the role that business schools could play in preparing future corporate leaders for the challenges and opportunities that climate change poses. 
*Supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, K-14




Background Papers

The National Research Council’s Board on Science Education hosted a workshop* (August 2011) that brought together scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and expertise to discuss the teaching and learning of climate change and climate science in formal education settings, from kindergarten to the first two years of college (K-14). Based on the evidence from research and practice, the workshop explored how climate change is currently taught in school; what research indicates how best to teach climate change in K-14 settings; what factors impede teaching climate change in schools; and the connection between climate change education in K-12 and higher education. The workshop was designed to provide ample opportunity for discussion and exchange.   
*Supported by the National Science Foundation

Climate Change Education Goals and Objectives

 Climate Change Education Workshop 1 Summary           



Background Papers

The National Research Council’s Climate Change Education Goals and Objectives Workshop* (October 2010) addressed the current status of climate change education, broadly defined. It provided an opportunity for discussion between expert researchers and practitioners in complementary fields that often operate in relative isolation from one another, such as decision making and risk analysis, education, learning and cognitive science, behavioral and environmental economics, public literacy and communication, and physical and natural sciences. The workshop included expert panel discussions and small group discussions of goals of climate change education; barriers and challenges that are inherent to educating diverse audiences about climate change; and strategies to overcome barriers. 
*Supported by the National Science Foundation


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