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photo of Jennifer Gaul-StoutJennifer Gaul-Stout- PhD, Educational Policy and Leadership 

In her 4th year, Jennifer presented her paper at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in Atlanta, Georgia. Her presentation, How Activist are Made: Understanding Activism and Scientific Literacy represents a cross case analysis of two communities where very different industrial movements have threatened health and quality of life in local communities. She discovered that the process of engaging in defending one’s community in the face of socio-economic controversy was similar across both cases.  Together these two case studies lend important insight into the enactment and development of scientific literacy in contexts of socio-scientific activism.  Examining the enactment of scientific literacy in two contexts where science takes center stage in social and political controversy promises to contribute evidence and nuance surrounding widely held suppositions about contributions of scientific literacy to enhancing citizens’ personal and political lives. Further, noting the characteristics of scientific literacy as it is enacted in contexts of socio-scientific controversy provides insight into how school and informal science might contribute to more effectively preparing citizens to engage scientific issues in the public sphere. 

Jennifer will go on to present two papers at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in Toronto, ON.