Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media (Communicating Science in the Informa

Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media (Communicating Science in the Informa

By: Richard Holliman (editor), Sam Smidt (editor), Eileen Scanlon (editor), Jeffrey L. Thomas (editor), Elizabeth Whitelegg (editor)Paperback

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How are recent policy changes affecting how scientists engage with the public? How are new technologies influencing how scientists disseminate their work and knowledge? How are new media platforms changing the way the public interact with scientific information? Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age is a collection of newly-commissioned chapters by leading science communication scholars. It addresses current theoretical, practical and policy developments in science communication, including recent calls for greater openness and transparency; and engagement and dialogue on the part of professional scientists with members of the public. It provides a timely and wide-ranging review of contemporary issues in science communication, focusing on two broad themes. The first theme critically reviews the recent dialogic turn and ascendant branding of 'public engagement with science'. It addresses contemporary theoretical and conceptual issues facing science communication researchers, and draws on a range of methodological approaches and examples. The second theme, popular media, examines recent trends in the theory and research of these forms of science communication. It includes contemporary accounts of the study of 'traditional' forms of popular media, including television and newspapers, examining how they are produced, represented and consumed. This theme also documents examples where novel forms of popular media are challenging researchers to re-think how they approach these forms of science communication. A companion volume, Practising science communication in the information age, provides an ideal introduction to anyone wishing to reflect on the practices of contemporary science communication.

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Jeff Thomas is a senior lecturer within the Department of Biological Sciences at the Open University. He has worked at the OU all his professional life, contributing to a wide range of teaching initiatives in biology and in health sciences, and more recently to a range of projects concerned with contemporary science issues and on the relationships between science and different publics, at both undergraduate and Masters level. His research interests are concerned with the influence of contemporary science controversies on public attitude, on conceptual problems of learning biological science, and in public involvement in science-based policy-making. He also teaches part-time for Birkbeck College, University of London on its Diploma in Science Communication.


SECTION 1 - ENGAGING WITH PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ; 1.1 Moving forwards or in circles? Science communication and scientific governance in an age of innovation ; 1.2 The new politics of public engagement with science? ; 1.3 (In)authentic sciences and (im)partial publics: (re)constructing the science outreach and public engagement agenda ; SECTION 2 - RESEARCHING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ; 2.1 Investigating science communication to inform science outreach and public engagement ; 2.2 Learning to engage; engaging to learn: the purposes of informal science-public dialogue ; 2.3 Engaging with interactive science exhibits: A study of children's activity and the value of experience ; SECTION 3 - STUDYING SCIENCE IN POPULAR MEDIA ; 3.1 Science, communication and media ; 3.2 Models of science communication ; SECTION 4 - MEDIATING SCIENCE NEWS ; 4.1 Making science newsworthy: exploring the conventions of science journalism ; 4.2 Science reporting in the electronic embrace of the Internet ; SECTION 5 - COMMUNICATING SCIENCE IN POPULAR MEDIA ; 5.1 From flow to user-flows: Understanding 'good science' programming in the UK digital television landscape ; 5.2 Image-music-text of popular science ; SECTION 6 - EXAMINING AUDIENCES FOR POPULAR SCIENCE ; 6.1 Reinterpreting the audiences for media messages about science ; 6.2 Investigating gendered representations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians on UK children's television ; 6.3 Interpreting contested science: media influence and scientific citizenship

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  • publication date: 25/09/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780199552665
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780199552665
  • weight: 547
  • ISBN10: 0199552665

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