Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age
Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media
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Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age by Richard Holliman
Book DescriptionHow are recent policy changes affecting how scientists engage with the public? How are new technologies influencing how scientists disseminate their work and knowledge? How are new media platforms changing the way the public interact with scientific information? Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age is a collection of newly-commissioned chapters by leading science communication scholars. It addresses current theoretical, practical and policy developments in science communication, including recent calls for greater openness and transparency; and engagement and dialogue on the part of professional scientists with members of the public. It provides a timely and wide-ranging review of contemporary issues in science communication, focusing on two broad themes. The first theme critically reviews the recent dialogic turn and ascendant branding of 'public engagement with science'. It addresses contemporary theoretical and conceptual issues facing science communication researchers, and draws on a range of methodological approaches and examples. The second theme, popular media, examines recent trends in the theory and research of these forms of science communication. It includes contemporary accounts of the study of 'traditional' forms of popular media, including television and newspapers, examining how they are produced, represented and consumed. This theme also documents examples where novel forms of popular media are challenging researchers to re-think how they approach these forms of science communication. A companion volume, Practising science communication in the information age, provides an ideal introduction to anyone wishing to reflect on the practices of contemporary science communication.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199552665
(246mm x 171mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Holliman
Practising Science Communication in the Information Age, Paperback (October 2008)
Practising science communication in the information age reviews the trends and issues that are engaging practitioners of science communication, critically exploring topics as diverse as peer review, open access publication, the protection of intellectual property, the popularisation of science, and the practices of public engagement.
Mediating Science Learning Through Information and Communications Technology, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Richard Holliman
Developments in information technology are bringing about changes in science education. This reader focuses on the theoretical and practical consideration of using information and communications technologies in science education.
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Author Biography - Richard Holliman
Jeff Thomas is a senior lecturer within the Department of Biological Sciences at the Open University. He has worked at the OU all his professional life, contributing to a wide range of teaching initiatives in biology and in health sciences, and more recently to a range of projects concerned with contemporary science issues and on the relationships between science and different publics, at both undergraduate and Masters level. His research interests are concerned with the influence of contemporary science controversies on public attitude, on conceptual problems of learning biological science, and in public involvement in science-based policy-making. He also teaches part-time for Birkbeck College, University of London on its Diploma in Science Communication.
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