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ERIC Number: ED165163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Should Scientists Be Involved in Teaching Science Writing and If So, How?
Goodell, Rae
Realizing the importance of writing skills in communicating with other professionals and in educating the public, scientists and scientific institutions have renewed their interest in the writing education of science students. Informal surveys show that technological and engineering schools are reinstituting writing requirements and staffing the classes, in part, with scientists or engineers. Besides cooperative teaching, the direct involvement of the scientific community in writing skills development also includes science faculty efforts to single out students with writing problems and refer them to special writing clinics. In addition, more technological institutions are teaching science writing for general audiences, as evidenced by a 1977 directory of such courses and programs. Professional societies are also supplementing the universities' efforts with programs of their own designed to improve the willingness and ability of their members to communicate with the public. What remains for scientists and science educators to do is to help journalism students, especially those interested in science journalism, to learn about science, thereby increasing their ability to write about it. Scientists can do this by assisting in course development, being available as resource persons to such classes, and encouraging greater interaction between the journalism students and the science community. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Writing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)