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K.C. Busch

Assistant Professor


NC State University

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. K.C. Busch (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education at North Carolina State University, specializing in science learning and affiliated with the Leadership in Public Science interdisciplinary cluster. Her long-term career goal is to explore and advance educational experiences that empower individuals to engage in collective action to improve their lives and their communities.

Drawing on research from the fields of science communication and environmental psychology, Dr. Busch has investigated the language used to teach about climate change in educational settings, and how that framing affects youth perception of the problem and their capacity for creating solutions. Her current research is investigating the role of social relationships in learning using social network analysis. Through an NSF-funded CAREER grant, Dr. Busch is reconceptualizing scientific literacy at the community level, exploring how scientific information is used in communities to make decisions about climate change adaptation.