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ERIC Number: ED308557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-10
Pages: 36
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"Just the Facts/Values, Ma'am": An Inquiry into the Desirability of Fact/Value Separation in Science and Technology Controversy.
Palen, John
While fact/value separation has wide support as a strategy for resolving science and technology controversies, both the possibility and desirability of separating facts from values have been challenged by recent work in science and technology studies. As debate has refined the issue, it is generally accepted that many aspects of scientific work are value-laden, that scientists after all are human, and their values, preferences and biases influence their work in numerous ways, thus rendering the thesis of fact/value separation untenable. The untenability of fact/value separation has implications for journalists and journalism educators: journalists should be wary, and students should be taught to be wary, of calls for fact/value separation that "sub rosa" limit the range of issues considered. (NH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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