Movement of Climate Change Knowledge Through Social Networks

People learn about climate change from different places, from the events they attend to published works they read or author. And everyone, from climate scientists to the general public, receives and processes climate information differently. This presentation looks at the different ways in which climate information is relayed and how effective those pathways are.

Specifically this webinar will examine:

  • How climate knowledge changes as it moves through different networks of people
  • How the change depends on the nature of the social structure through which it moves
  • How roles people play in the transfer of information relate to where they are located in the social structure
  • How opportunities for interaction are structured by institutional forces like online forums and large sponsors such as NOAA and the National Science Foundation

About the Speaker(s)

Dr. Kenneth A. Frank

Dr. Kenneth A. Frank

Kenneth Frank received his Ph.D. in measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis from the School of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993. He is currently a professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education as well as in Fisheries and Wildlife and adjunct in Sociology at Michigan State University. His interests include the study of schools as social organizations and the social embeddedness of natural resource use. His publications include quantitative methods for representing relations among actors in a social network, robustness indices for inferences, and the effects of social capital in schools and other social contexts. en’s current projects include a study of the effects of the Michigan Merit Curriculum on educational outcomes and how knowledge about climate change diffuses to policy–makers and educators.

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