Communicating Science: Professional Contexts (OU Reader)

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Communicating Science: Contexts and Channels is a collection of articles that consider the communication between scientists and the public.. "The first part of the reader includes material about what the public needs to know about science and why. It includes discussion of case studies of the public use of scientific information. The second part looks at the variety of ways in which scientific ideas are communicated to the public, either in formal education or by informal means.. "Written with scientists in mind, this book is also suitable for and accessible to students of science policy, media or communications courses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415197502
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/27/1999
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

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Pt. I What the public needs to know and why 1
Introduction 3
1 Knowledges in context 4
2 Science and citizenship 14
Pt. II Alternative contexts for communicating science 37
Introduction 39
3 Opening up science 42
4 Science for all citizens: setting the stage for lifelong learning 51
5 Science centres and science learning 62
6 Putting learning at the heart of exhibition development: a case study of the Wellcome Wing project 94
7 Finding evidence of learning in museum settings 110
8 The word and the world: engaging with science in print 120
9 Einstein for young people 134
10 Science fiction and the communication of science 146
11 Science on television: a coming of age? 158
Pt. III Science and the media 175
Introduction 177
12 Some problems in conceptualizing the issue of 'science in the media' 179
13 Mediating science: promotional strategies, media coverage, public belief and decision making 206
14 The mystique of science in the press 227
15 Structuring public debate on biotechnology: media frames and public response 240
16 The interaction of journalists and scientific experts: cooperation and conflict between two professional cultures 252
17 British public affairs media and the coverage of 'Life on Mars?' 270
Index 287
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