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

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

by Richard Holliman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199552665

ISBN-13: 9780199552665

Pub. Date: 11/30/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199552665
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/30/2008
Series:
Communicating Science in the Information Age Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms ix

Biographies of Contributors x

Introduction to the Volume xvi

Section 1 Engaging with public engagement 1

1.1 Moving forwards or in circles? Science communication and scientific governance in an age of innovation Alan Irwin 3

1.2 The new politics of public engagement with science Jack Stilgoe James Wilsdon 18

1.3 (In)authentic sciences and (im)partial publics: (re)constructing the science outreach and public engagement agenda Richard Holliman Eric Jensen 35

Section 2 Researching public engagement 53

2.1 Investigating science communication to inform science outreach and public engagement Eric Jensen Richard Holliman 55

2.2 Learning to engage; engaging to learn: the purposes of informal science-public dialogue Sarah Davies 72

2.3 Engaging with interactive science exhibits: a study of children's activity and the value of experience for communicating science Robin Meisner Jonathan Osborne 86

Section 3 Studying science in popular media 103

3.1 Science, communication and media Anders Hansen 105

3.2 Models of science communication Joan Leach Simeon Yates Eileen Scanlon 128

Section 4 Mediating science news 147

4.1 Making science newsworthy: exploring the conventions of science journalism Stuart Allan 149

4.2 Science reporting in the electronic embrace of the internet Brian Trench 166

Section 5 Communicating science in popular media 181

5.1 From flow to user flows: understanding 'good science' programming in the UK digital television landscape James Bennett 183

5.2 Image-music-text of popular science Felicity Mellor 205

Section 6 Examining audiences for popular science 221

6.1 Reinterpreting the audiencesfor media messages about science Susanna Hornig Priest 223

6.2 Investigating gendered representations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians on UK children's television Jenni Carr Elizabeth Whitelegg Richard Holliman Eileen Scanlon Barbara Hodgson 237

6.3 Interpreting contested science: media influence and scientific citizenship Richard Holliman Eileen Scanlon 254

Final Reflections ... 274

Index 279

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