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A National Science Foundation grant for scientists to interpret their work to public audiences, contains some interesting language and ideas. Perhaps some day bible scholars might be able to crib from their colleagues in this approach to "popularizing" research.


To give a flavor of the language, we excerpt the following:

"Communicating Research to Public Audiences grants are a special category of

projects supported under the Informal Science Education (ISE) program. The

National Science Foundation's ISE program supports projects designed to

increase public interest in, understanding of, and engagement with science,

technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The outcome of all ISE

projects is an informed citizenry that has access to ideas and tools of

science and engineering to enhance their quality of life and the health,

prosperity, welfare, and security of the nation.

Informal education is the lifelong learning process in which every person

acquires knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values from daily experiences

and resources in his or her environment. Informal learning is

self-directed, voluntary, and motivated mainly by intrinsic interests,

curiosity, exploration, and social interaction.

All ISE projects have as their primary audience the informal learner --

from young child to senior citizen. Informal learning, in contrast with

formal learning, refers to activities that are not primarily for school use

or part of an ongoing school curriculum.

The purpose of Communicating Research to Public Audiences grants is to

promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new

knowledge in service to society and to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels."

What might such a project look like for the humanities, and bible studies in particular? We welcome your ideas....


Citation: , " Popularizing Research for Public Audiences," SBL Forum , n.p. [cited Jan 2006]. Online:


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