ERIC Number: EJ1043358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Enhancing Graduate Student Communication to General Audiences through Blogging about Nanotechnology and Sustainability
Bishop, Lee M.; Tillman, Ayesha S.; Geiger, Franz M.; Haynes, Christy L.; Klaper, Rebecca D.; Murphy, Catherine J.; Orr, Galya; Pedersen, Joel A.; DeStefano, Lizanne; Hamers, Robert J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n10 p1600-1605 Oct 2014
We have developed and assessed a multiauthor science blog on the topic of nanotechnology and sustainability as a tool to improve the written communication and public engagement skills of graduate students. Focus group studies revealed that after participation in the blog, student authors felt more confident and capable of communicating technical topics to general audiences. Students' research mentors viewed this as an important component of their students' education, as indicated by survey data. Important design aspects of this effort include participation of an editor as well as having flexible content and target-audience guidelines. We have explicitly outlined aspects of the effort we see as critical in order to enable others to replicate this model in related settings.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Technology, Sustainability, Communication Skills, College Science, Intervention, Mixed Methods Research, Surveys, Focus Groups, Mentors, Student Surveys, Editing, Student Experience, Program Effectiveness, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: CHE-1240151