On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public

The On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public project will help us understand how people learn over their lifetime, by developing a model for audience assessment that STEM professionals can use during the course of their public engagement efforts. What is termed on-the-spot assessment will allow scientists to monitor audience understanding and use this information to make immediate improvements to their activity (for example, revising how they scaffold and facilitate a hands-on exploration carried out at a museum). The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is a partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Authors: Dennis Schatz M.S., Eve Klein M.Ed.