ERIC Number: EJ1110098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Contemporary High-Profile Scientists and Their Interactions with the Community
Smith, Dorothy V.; Mulhall, Pamela J.; Hart, Christina E.; Gunstone, Richard F.
International Journal of Science Education, v38 n10 p1607-1621 2016
This article presents a case study of 10 high-profile Australian research scientists. These scientists are highly committed to engaging with the public. They interact with a wide range of groups in the community, including the traditional media. They are aware that they are seen as representatives of science at a time when the authority of science and scientists is threatened in Australia by controversy around issues such as climate change and vaccination. Through their experiences of interacting with non-scientists, they have developed views about qualities, characteristics and knowledge that contribute to, or inhibit, positive interactions between scientists and non-scientists. Their experiences and insights highlight aspects of contemporary science that are not generally acknowledged in science curricula.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Scientific Research, Science and Society, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Climate, Immunization Programs, Science Curriculum, Communication (Thought Transfer), Lay People, Scientific Literacy, Expertise, Semi Structured Interviews, Phenomenology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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