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  1. 10 Apr 2024 Journal Article Journal of Research in Science Teaching

    Epistemic networks and the social nature of public engagement with science

    Abstract

    This theoretical paper focuses on the social processes of public engagement with science and their implications for science education. The core of our argument is that science education should help people become better at evaluating, using, and curating their epistemic networks to make personal and civic decisions and to understand the natural world. In this context

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  2. 11 Mar 2024 Journal Article Journal of Science Communication

    Science communication objectives and actual practices of science news websites as a showcase for gaps between theory and practice

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    This study contributes to the growing body of science communication research showing gaps between theory and practice objectives, focusing on one particular understudied and emerging science communication innovation.The objectives and practices of four Israeli science news websites were analyzed considering three science communication models: “Dissemination”, “Dialogue”

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  3. 21 Feb 2024 Journal Article Public Understanding of Science

    The four “R” s: Strategies for tailoring science for religious publics and their prices

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    A recent wave of studies has diversified science communication by emphasizing gender, race, and disability. In this article, we focus on the understudied lens of religion. Based on an analysis of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) science journalism and its readership, we identify four main strategies for tailoring science, which we call the four “R”s—removing, reclaiming, remodeling

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  4. 29 Jan 2024 Journal Article Journal of Geoscience Education

    Expressions of geographic literacy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: the role of geographic education among adults

    Abstract

    The global outbreak of COVID-19 brought an unprecedented influx of official and semiofficial geographic information to individuals worldwide, primarily in the form of geospatial and numerical data. Maps specifically played a key role in the conveying of information and guidelines to the public in relation to the pandemic. Yet to fully understand such input, and reach

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  5. 29 Dec 2023 Journal Article International Journal of Science Education, Part B

    Justifying decision making in socio-scientific issues: the roles of reasoning and knowledge

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    In the recent decade, the proliferation of ICTs that require Wi-Fi routers in schools has been accompanied by public concerns about risks fueled in many cases by media reporting. The current study examines ways in which parents of school-age children perceive the issue of Wi-Fi radiation in schools by using a science literacy framework that examined engagement with

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  6. 20 Dec 2023 Journal Article Journal of Community Genetics

    Educational tools support informed decision-making for genetic carrier screening in a heterogenic Israeli population

    Chen Gafni-Amsalem, Olfat Aboleil-Zoubi, Elena Chervinsky, Ola Aleme, Morad Khayat, Bashir Husam, Lilach Peled-Perets, Efrat Mamluk, Shadia Hakrosh, Shoshi Kurtzman, Liron Tamir, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, ... show all 13 authors
    Abstract

    Reproductive genetic carrier screening (RGCS) aims to provide couples with information to make informed decisions. Since 2013, the Israeli Carrier Screening Program has been offered routinely and free of charge to all Israelis of reproductive age, personalized based on religion, ethnicity, and village/tribe where a disorder is frequent. This study evaluated the impact

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  7. 20 Nov 2023 Journal Article Internet Research

    “Is COVID-19 a hoax?”: auditing the quality of COVID-19 conspiracy-related information and misinformation in Google search results in four languages

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    Accurate information is the basis for well-informed decision-making, which is particularly challenging in the dynamic reality of a pandemic. Search engines are a major gateway for obtaining information, yet little is known about the quality and scientific accuracy of information answering conspiracy-related queries about COVID-19, especially outside of English-speaking

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  8. Sep 2023 Journal Article Science Education

    Meaningful participation of schools in scientific research through contributory citizen science projects

    Abstract

    School-based citizen science offers a way for students and teachers to collaborate with scientists and take part in multiple facets of research such as data collection and analysis, and sometimes research initiation, co-design, and reporting of findings. However, most citizen science projects offered to schools are of the contributory type, often regarded as a lesser

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  9. 26 Aug 2023 Journal Article Journal of Genetic Counseling

    The effect of a prior e-learning tool on genetic counseling outcomes in diverse ethnic couples with abnormal Down syndrome screening tests: A randomized controlled trial

    Olfat Aboleil-Zoubi, Chen Gafni-Amsalem, Lilach Peled-Perets, Efrat Mamluk, Liron Tamir, Shadia Hakrosh, Shoshana Kurtzman, Elena Chervinsky, Ula Aalimi, Bashir Husam, Morad Khayat, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, ... show all 13 authors
    Abstract

    Genetic counseling (GC) following abnormal Down syndrome (DS) screening tests aims to ensure learning of complex medical concepts and discussion of counselees' personal desires. Pre-GC use of electronic learning tools (e-learning tools) can facilitate GC sessions by allowing more time for dialogue rather than learning medical and genetic concepts, enabling greater focus

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  10. 24 Aug 2023 Journal Article Plos One

    Religious diversity and public health: Lessons from COVID-19

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    Scholars have identified a range of variables that predict public health compliance during COVID-19, including: psychological, institutional and situational variables as well as demographic characteristics, such as gender, location and age. In this paper, we argue that religious affiliation is also a clear predictor for compliance with public health guidelines. Based

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