Before the workshop
Two small "assignments" you need to do ahead of time that will make our workshop more fruitful.
- Complete the participant survey (two short essay questions).
- Pre-workshop readings/viewings. Read or watch two of the following (your choice) and prepare a one paragraph summary of each, distilling their key points. Try and pick a long one and a short one? Or read several of them: each of these has useful ideas that you may find inspirational.
- Randy Olson: "From Aristotle to South Park: The ABT Framework as a New Tool for Science Communication" Video; 1 hour in duration
- Elizabeth Kolbert: "Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason" Article; 2900 words
- Marshall Shepherd: "9 Tips For Communicating Science To People Who Are Not Scientists" Forbes, Nov 2016. Article; 950 words
- Matthew Inman: "You're Not Going to believe what I'm about to tell you" (2017) Web comic on The Oatmeal, a few dozen panels.
- Tim Requarth: "Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things"Article; 1350 words
- Karin Kirk: "Changing minds on a changing climate" Article, 2500 words
- The Private Universe Project: Minds of Their Own: Photosynthesis. Video; 56 minutes
- Andrew David Thaler:" When I talk about Climate Change, I don't talk about science" Blog post on 'Southern Fried Science,' 1750 words
- Tyler Volk: "CO2 Rising: The World's Greatest Environmental Challenge" Book, 240 pages
- Jason Breslow: "Bob Inglis: Climate Change and the Republican Party"Interview with PBS 'Frontline,' 5200 words
- Dan Kahan: What is the 'Science of Science Communication'? Journal of Science Communication," 14(3), 1-10 (2015) Research paper, 10 pages
- Dan Kahan: "What can the science of science communication do for climate communicators?"Video; 40 minutes in duration
- Jacquelyn Gill: "The many scales of climate change, part 1: Tectonic timescales" Blog post on 'The Contemplative Mammoth,' 1400 words
- Matthew Nisbet and Chris Mooney: "Framing Science" (2007) Science magazine article, 2 pages
- Bo Bennett: "Logically Fallacious" Website; please review at least 20 fallacies
- John Cook, Dana Nuccitelli, Sarah Green, Mark Richardson, Bärbel Winkler, Rob Painting, Robert Way, Peter Jacobs, and Andrew Skuce: Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, Environmental Research Letters 8 (2013) Research paper, 7 pages
- Katherine Hayhoe: "Climate and Faith, Money and Politics" Video, 43 minutes
Who are you? Who am I? What are our motivations? What are our goals? What are the stakes?
Results of pre-workshop survey questions
Part 1: Motivated reasoning & cultural cognition
8:45 Think/Pair/Share:Why don't people agree about climate change?
9:00 Guided discussion on these topics:
Comparison with other geoscience fields (structure, petrology, hydrology)
Identity & cultural cognition
Dan Kahan's work
The Deficit Model
Shoot (for a good) Messenger
"What would it take to convince you otherwise?"
9:30 Think/Pair/Share: How can you apply the findings of this discussion to your teaching/outreach?
9:50 Bathroom + Coffee break
Part 2: Logical fallacies
10:00 Think/Pair/Share: How do people go about disagreeing about climate change?
10:15 Guided discussion. Topics:
Richard Feynman: "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. The rest is basic honesty."
Chinese proverb: "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names."
Identifying logical fallacies and responding to them.
Handout: Climate change fallacies handout (Acrobat (PDF) 67kB Jul19 17)
Putting facts in the appropriate context.
Is it always about logic? Climate change arguments on Skeptical Science
10:30 (With partners) Brainstorm, refine, and hone effective responses to common climate change denial arguments.
11:00 Overview of InTeGrate carbon module unit 1
11:15 Assign homework (!!!)
Don't worry; it's fun. And short.
11:20 Road Check Thursday
11:30 Adjourn for the day
8:30 Review of yesterday and feedback.
A first stab at a summary of conversational guidelines. Let's edit this together.
8:40 Review homework:
Part 3: Storytelling
8:55 Think/pair/share: What makes for a memorable or compelling story? What role should stories play in our discussion?
Guided discussion. Topics:
"ABT":And... But... Therefore...
Narrative examples w/ climate change (Volk & "Dave" the carbon atom)
A role for analogies?
A role for media?
9:50 Bathroom + Coffee break
10:00 Part 4: The Carbon Cycle
Overview of InTeGrate carbon module units 2, 3, and 6
Guiding principle: Carbon on Earth is a finite quantity, but it moves between different parts of the Earth system.
The Suess effect
10:15 Example activity demo: Carbon cycle game (Unit 2)
10:30 Building your own plan to apply relevant insights from this workshop to your own teaching
11:15 Workshop evaluation