The Wedginess of Communicating Statistics

by Michael Erard February 14, 2013 Framer Reads the News

You may have noticed that scientists – as well as other professionals – frequently point to, write, talk, think about, and argue in terms of graphs, charts, and other visualizations of data. Sometimes, these visualizations are complex enough that they need to be explained, and in some cases, those explanations themselves give shape to the [...]

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Framing in the Field: The Power of Afterschool Learning

by Shannon Arvizu February 6, 2013 Framing in the Field

“It is now broadly understood that expanded learning programs can and must be much more than ‘graham crackers and basketball’ – that is, they can play a critical role in young people’s lives. But what does a real mind shift look like?” This is the question Michael Levine (Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at [...]

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Media Framing: When Journalists Keep It Real and What It Means for Advocates

by Shannon Arvizu January 10, 2013 Framer Reads the News

Is it a fallacy to think that the media could ever really be objective? This is a question posed by Jay Rosen from the PressThink blog. Rosen writes that the media’s endeavors to appear “fair and balanced” hide the framing decisions every journalist must make when presenting information. Instead of hiding under this objectivity pretense, [...]

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Social Math for Climate Change: Young People Have Never Experienced a Colder than Average Month

by Shannon Arvizu November 19, 2012 Framer Reads the News

With Hurricane Sandy slowing fading from the media’s limited attention span, it is time for advocates to “widen the lens” and tell a more persistent and compelling story about the effects of climate change. One way to do this is to use social math. has a great social math example  based on the latest [...]

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Framing Digital Media and 21st Century Learning

by Michael Baran November 8, 2012 Framer Reads the News

Two new surveys released last week provide promising evidence that digital technology in classrooms is playing a positive role in children’s skill development. As children learn to navigate new technologies, they become more active in their learning, more self-sufficient as researchers, and more engaged in what they are doing. Subsequently, their higher order thinking skills [...]

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Video Games and Organic Chocolate Milk: Thoughts from a Learning Game Designer

by Shannon Arvizu October 11, 2012 Framing in the Field

The following guest post is from Dylan Arena, Ph.D., a former FrameWorks Summer Fellow and Chief Learning Officer at Kidaptive. Digital games have been a part of our media landscape for over three decades, and the discourse around them has always been primarily focused on whether or not they were harmful. According to dominant public [...]

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Framing and Football: The Tolerable Stress of RGH III

by Shannon Arvizu September 14, 2012 Framer Reads the News

(The following guest post is authored by FrameWorks President, Susan Nall Bales) Tolerable stress gets no respect.  It conveniently drops out of the public discourse when more powerful cultural models come into play. Recently, however, when Robert Griffin III was saving the Redskins’ reputation on the field, he also managed to teach us some valuable [...]

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Framing for the Velcro Memory

by Shannon Arvizu September 11, 2012 Framing Do's and Don'ts

Is human memory more like a filing cabinet or like Velcro? The answer to this question has significant implications for experts and advocates looking to shift the public conversation on social issues. The Heath brothers, in “Made to Stick,” state that the brain stores information more like hooks in Velcro than like empty file folders [...]

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FrameWorks Featured in the NYT: Framing Climate Change for Zoos and Aquariums

by Shannon Arvizu August 27, 2012 Framing in the Field

As part of our commitment to effective science translation, the FrameWorks Institute is working with zoos and aquariums across the country to reframe climate change discussions for the American public. Recently, our work was  featured in the New York Times article, “Intriguing Habitats and Careful Discussions of Climate Change.” Below is an excerpt from the [...]

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Deliberative Democracy Events: Broad Consensus or One-Off Failures?

by Adam Simon August 23, 2012 Framer Reads the News

On the surface, attempts at “deliberative democracy” events look impressive. These are events that bring together large groups of everyday Americans to talk about the problems facing our country. Certainly a lot of work goes into making deliberative democracy events happen: creating briefing materials, recruiting the participants, handling all the logistics and, not trivially, footing [...]

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