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ERIC Number: EJ1136297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-8455
"Younger People Have Like More of an Imagination, No Offence": Participant Perspectives on Public Engagement
Wilkinson, Clare; Dawson, Emily; Bultitude, Karen
International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, v2 n1 p43-61 2012
A wide range of work has reported on the outcomes of public engagement activities and the views expressed by public participants towards specific areas of science and technology. Such work has rarely gone on to explore with public participants their attitudes to the engagement experienced itself, often focusing instead on more practical or quantifiable aspects. This article draws on public participants' reactions to 11"'engagement" events, occurring across the UK in 2007-2008. Reporting on 33 semi-structured interviews, we focus on their views of participation and engagement in terms of motivations, expectations and expertise. The results suggest that participants have considerable expectations in terms of information and interaction, operate with critical but respectful notions of other "publics" and expertise, and may develop habitual tendencies regarding engagement.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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