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May 18, 2020

Teaching about a pandemic in a pandemic

This research project will produce curricular materials designed to help high school students learn about viral epidemics as both a scientific and social issue. It will engage students in scientific modeling of the epidemic and in critical analyses of media and public health information about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. This approach helps students connect their classroom learning experiences with their lives beyond school, a key characteristic of science literacy. This project is an example of how science education can be both engaging and relevant. The interview is with Sharon Lynch, a program director in NSF's Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, and Troy Sadler, the Thomas James Distinguished professor of Experiential Learning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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