Jean Flanagan

science education & communication

Selected articles

Science assessment: the next generation

Published on Smithsonian STEMvisions

Effective assessment will be one of the most important aspects of successful implementation for states adopting the NGSS. How can we develop assessment tasks that accurately measure blended knowledge?

Open data for science education

Published on PLOS Sci-Ed

Science students can benefit greatly from educational materials that expose them to real-world data, but educators can’t access most scientific data.

Learning to read the tree of life

Published on PLOS Sci-Ed

For biologists, the “tree of life” stands for both the unity and diversity of life. But are students and non-scientists accurately interpreting its branches?

Communicating about evolution: the danger of shortcuts

Published on PLOS Sci-Ed

Experts who understand evolution often use shortcuts to talk about it. However, these same shortcuts can reinforce and even cause many misconceptions.

Science literacy and the polarized politics of climate change

Published on PLOS Sci-Ed

If increasing science knowledge can increase climate change denial, how can educators respond?

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