Noah Weeth Feinstein

Associate Professor

nfeinstein@wisc.edu

(608) 262-6288

226-B Teacher Education Building

Feinstein, Noah

I study how people make sense of science in their personal, social, and political lives — and how educational platform such as schools and museums can help. I recently contributed to a National Academies report on science literacy, and am currently studying how science museums seek to become more equitable institutions. I also write about environmental and sustainability education, public knowledge, and educational responses to the “post-truth era,” and have become increasingly interested in the role of education in climate change adaptation. My work is usually classified under headings like “informal science education” and “public engagement with science,” but I think of myself as a scholar of Science and Technology Studies (STS) who works on problems related to learning, education, and social change.

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Associate Professor, Community & Environmental Sociology
Director, Robert E. and Jean F. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies

Education

  • Ph D Science Education, Stanford University, 2008
  • MS Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 2006

Publications

  • Feinstein, N. W. (In Press) The paradox of public knowledge in environmental sociology in The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology.
  • Feinstein, N. W., Mach, K. J. (In Press) Three roles for education in climate change adaptation in Climate Policy.
  • Feinstein, N. W. (2017) Equity and the Meaning of Science Learning: A defining challenge for science museums in Science Education, 101(4), (533-538).
  • Feinstein, N. W., Bromme, R., Barzilai, S., Baram-Tsabari, A. (2017) What counts as success in public engagement with science? (Blog Post) in Public Understanding of Science, 101(4), (533-538).
  • Feinstein, N. W. (2015) Education, communication, and science in the public sphere in Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52(2), (145-163).
  • Feinstein, N. W., Kirchgasler, K. L. (2015) Sustainability in science education? How the Next Generation Science Standards approach sustainability, and why it matters in Science Education, 99(1), (121–144).
  • Feinstein, N. W., Meshoulam, D. (2014) Science for what public? Addressing equity in American science museums and science centers in Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(3), (368-394).
  • Feinstein, N. W. (2014) Making sense of autism: Progressive engagement with science among parents of young, recently diagnosed autistic children in Public Understanding of Science, 23(5), (592-609).
  • Feinstein, N. W., Allen, S., Jenkins, E. (2013) Outside the pipeline: Re-imagining science education for non-scientists in Science, 340(6130), (314-317).
  • Feinstein, N. W. (2011) Salvaging science literacy in Science Education, 95(1), (168-185).

Presentations

  • Feinstein, N. W., Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, "Boundary Work and Racialized Discourse in Museums’ Decisions to Host an Exhibition on Race" (2019), Toronto, Canada
  • Feinstein, N. W., Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, "Choosing to Change? Interpretive Framing of a Traveling Exhibition Affects its Impact on Hosting Museums" (2019), Toronto, Canada
  • Feinstein, N. W., Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, "Getting Over “Truth,” or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Post-Truth World" (2018), New York, NY
  • Feinstein, N. W., Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, "How Does Reflection Mediate Organizational Change in Museums? Applying the Double-Loop Model to Informal Environments" (2018), New York, NY
  • Feinstein, N. W., Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, "Museums and Structural Racism: What can (and should) be done?" (2018), New York, NY
  • Feinstein, N. W., Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Collective Science Literacy" (2018), Austin, TX
  • Feinstein, N. W., Association of Science and Technology Centers, "Fighting for Progress on Equity and Inclusion at Science Centers in the USA and Europe" (2017), San Jose, CA
  • Feinstein, N. W., Public Engagement with Science Online – A Research Workshop, "Science Literacy and the Structure of Engagement Experiences" (2017), Haifa, Israel
  • Feinstein, N. W., Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, "Climate change adaptation and the necessary synergy of science and social studies" (2017), San Antonio, TX
  • Feinstein, N. W., 2015 meeting of the European Science Education Research Association, "Evidence of value? Confronting the long-term validity problem of science education" (2015), Helsinki, Finland