ERIC Number: EJ1046445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
An International Short Course for Training Professionals as Effective Science Communicators
Sarathchandra, Dilshani; Maredia, Karim M.
Journal of Extension, v52 n5 Article 5TOT7 Oct 2014
Scholars have recognized a need for educational programs that prepare scientists, Extension practitioners, and other stakeholders to communicate science effectively. Such programs have the potential to increase public awareness and aid policy development. Having recognized this need, faculty at Michigan State University (MSU) developed an "international short course in science and technology communication" that was offered at MSU from 2010 to 2012. This article provides an overview of the design, implementation, and impact assessment of the course. We also share lessons learnt from this program and provide suggestions for other similar programs.
Descriptors: Professional Education, Extension Education, Scientific and Technical Information, Communication Skills, Communication Strategies, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Implementation, Course Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Science and Society, Consciousness Raising, Public Relations, College Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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