ERIC Number: ED306142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Communicating Science to the Public. Mass Media and Science: Worlds at Odds? A Panel Discussion
Walter, Martha L., Ed.
Recent studies have revealed that a large percentage of the public believes that science is of great importance, but that the public's basic science knowledge is woefully lacking. These studies highlight a vexing problem: how can scientists, through the mass media, enlighten the tax-paying populace to their work, given that a sound foundation in basic science is broadly lacking? A panel discussion focused on improving the scientist/reporter interaction so that an interested, but basically unknowledgeable public, might better understand what happens behind laboratory doors, and gain greater appreciation for why the scientists' work is important and how that work might affect them. This publication contains the complete transcript of the 90-minute discussion, including comments and questions from the audience. The transcript was edited to improve readability; every effort was made to retain the import of each person's comments. (CW)
Descriptors: Adults, Information Dissemination, Information Sources, Mass Media, Public Education, Publicity, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientists
Michigan Sea Grant Communications, 2200 Bonisteel Blvd., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Rockville, MD. National Sea Grant Program.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Michigan Sea Grant Coll. Program.
Note: Panel discussion presented at the Conference on Great Lakes Research sponsored by the International Association for Great Lakes Research (30th, Ann Arbor, MI, May 11-14, 1987).