ERIC Number: EJ1178611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Encouraging the Art of Communicating Science to Nonexperts with "Don't Be Such a Scientist"
St. Angelo, Sarah K.
Journal of Chemical Education, v95 n5 p804-809 May 2018
Randy Olson's book, "Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style", was used to supplement a senior seminar in nanomaterials. While students learned about the chemistry behind useful properties of nanomaterials, they also analyzed how nanomaterials applications are presented to the public through advertising, science news, and popular culture artifacts. By using "Don't Be Such a Scientist", students learned how scientists can fail at communicating with the public and how they can become more effective communicators. To experience communicating to nonexperts, they presented outreach projects such as a video, activity, or discussion on nanomaterials. Example student projects in nanomaterials are discussed; however, "Don't Be Such a Scientist" could easily be incorporated into a variety of scientific courses to include effective scientific communication to the public, a meaningful skill for all scientists and science students.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, College Science, Chemistry, Student Projects, Outreach Programs, Communication Strategies, Audiences, Creative Teaching
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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