ERIC Number: ED173792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Secularization and Popularization.
Logan, Robert A.
Scientists and science writers are often thought to be at odds about the goals and strategies of communicating scientific information to the public. However, a value judgment underlies the "raison d' etre" for scientific communications and links the diffusion of information about science with an ensuing public trust for science. Scientists and science reporters believe, for example, that accurate and comprehensive science reporting increases the public's knowledge about science and also creates a higher public trust for science. Furthermore, an increase in public knowledge and public trust is desirable to many scientists and science writers because it generates more popular support for their field. In turn, this support assures the continued growth of science. It is the nature and viability of this shared value judgment that is the central issue in science communications, rather than the differences between scientists and science writers. Moreover, recent evidence reveals a conceptual weakness in this value judgment, which indicates that current strategies may not be fulfilling their self-stated purposes but rather contributing to a public distrust of science. New strategies in science reporting are needed to accomplish the goals of scientists and science writers. (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)