Raising climate literacy through addressing misinformation: Case studies in agnotology-based learning

Cook, John, Bedford, Daniel and Mandia, Scott (2014) Raising climate literacy through addressing misinformation: Case studies in agnotology-based learning. Journal of Geoscience Education, 62 3: 296-306. doi:10.5408/13-071.1


Author Cook, John
Bedford, Daniel
Mandia, Scott
Title Raising climate literacy through addressing misinformation: Case studies in agnotology-based learning
Journal name Journal of Geoscience Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1089-9995
Publication date 2014-09-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5408/13-071.1
Volume 62
Issue 3
Start page 296
End page 306
Total pages 11
Place of publication Northfield, MN, United States
Publisher National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Agnotology is the study of how and why ignorance or misconceptions exist. While misconceptions are a challenge for educators, they also present an opportunity to improve climate literacy through agnotology-based learning. This involves the use of refutational lessons that challenge misconceptions while teaching scientific conceptions. We present three case studies in improving climate literacy through agnotology-based learning. Two case studies are classroom-based, applied in a community college and a four-year university. We outline the misinformation examined, how students are required to engage with the material and the results from this learning approach. The third case study is a public outreach targeting a climate misconception about scientific consensus. We outline how cognitive research guided the design of content, and the ways in which the material was disseminated through social media and mainstream media. These real-world examples provide effective ways to reduce misperceptions and improve climate literacy, consistent with twenty years of research demonstrating that refutational texts are among the most effective forms of reducing misperceptions.
Keyword Agnotology
Climate change
Misinformation
Scientific consensus
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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