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ERIC Number: ED174993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Putting the Social Sciences into Science Communication Courses.
Stocking, S. Holly
Although the social sciences have become legitimate sources of science news, many journalism instructors of science communication do not believe the social sciences warrant special or required attention in their courses. This is unfortunate, for the social sciences are important enough and different enough to require both their inclusion and "special handling" in science writing courses. As with pure and applied sciences, social science creates a need for news writers to "translate" its terminology; and the relative newness of the discipline creates special challenges to reporters who must sift through data to interpret the most methodologically sound findings. Once journalism teachers recognize the efficacy of including social sciences in their science news writing courses, they can expose their students to the problems and challenges of social science news reporting in the following ways: compare the central issues of daily news stories with current social science research topics; involve local social scientists in class activities whenever possible; have students develop glossaries of social science terms; have students critique local media coverage of science news; have students write science news articles based on original research reports, then compare student work with professional articles based on the same reports; and make students aware of the basic references in the social sciences. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers: Science Writing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (62nd, Houston, Texas, August 5-8, 1979)