ERIC Number: EJ1052731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Examining the Nexus of Science Communication and Science Education: A Content Analysis of Genetics News Articles
Shea, Nicole A.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v52 n3 p397-409 Mar 2015
Access to science information via communications in the media is rapidly becoming a central means for the public to gain knowledge about scientific advancements. However, little is known about what content knowledge is essential for understanding issues presented in news media. Very few empirical studies attempt to bridge science communication and science education research. This study presents findings from an inductive content analysis of genetics news articles from the "New York Times" science section. The analysis sought to characterize the genetic content knowledge anticipated as necessary to reason about featured issues. From the analysis, it is anticipated that individuals need detailed knowledge of molecular mechanisms in order to reason about such issues. Implications for supporting students' scientific literacy in terms of the nexus of science communication and science education is discussed.
Descriptors: Science Education, Content Analysis, News Reporting, Genetics, Scientific Literacy, Communication (Thought Transfer), Molecular Structure, Newspapers, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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