RAPID: How People Learn Rapidly: COVID-19 as a Crisis of Socioscientific Understanding and Educational Equity


May 01, 2020


Apr 30, 2022
Funding Agency
National Science Foundation

Drs. Angela Calabrese Barton, Leslie Herrenkohl, and Betsy Davis will lead a project funded by the National Science Foundation through the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism. This study investigates how people learn science during the COVID-19 pandemic in real time, and how they activate this scientific knowledge toward informed decision making, and how this changes over time.


This study, which involves participants in Michigan and Washington, may serve a crucial role in aiding the public to understand where structural points of informational failure occurred, and may also reveal where and how individuals and families strengthened community action strategies to mitigate spread and suffering by gathering, sharing, and making sense of scientific data.

Primary Investigator(s)

Chair, Educational Studies; Professor, School of Education
Professor, School of Education
Professor, School of Education

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