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Readership: Intermediate and advanced undergraduates and Masters students taking a science communication course. Also of interest to professional scientists - teachers and researchers - who wish to know more about this subject.
Edited by Richard Holliman, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, The Open University, Elizabeth Whitelegg, Senior Lecturer in Science Education, The Open University, Eileen Scanlon, Professor of Educational Technology and co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, The Open University, Sam Smidt, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Programme Director of MSc in Science, The Open University, and Jeff Thomas, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, The Open University
"Comprehensive, interesting, and for an academic and teacher in the area, really quite exciting." - Dr. Angela Cassidy, Institute for Food Research, University of East Anglia
"The quality of contributions, the strong theoretical background and the emphasis on methodological issues will make it an extremely valuable resource for teaching and researching in this area in the years to come." - Massimiano Bucchi, Professor of Science in Society, University of Trento, Italy
"This book provides an overview of how public engagement and popular media influence the way science is communicated. It is well suited as a college text and presents options for further readings and additional web resources for each
article. It is accessible to readers, regardless of expertise, due to the use of clear examples and detailed discussions of research findings."
Integrative and Comparative Biology journal"
"The originality of this book is to bring a strongly sociological angle to science communication, a very necessary one to understand the place of science in society and the dynamics of the different actors concerned." - Suzanne de Cheveigné, Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Section 1 - Engaging with public engagement
1.1: Alan Irwin: Moving forwards or in circles? Science communication and scientific governance in an age of innovation
1.2: Jack Stilgoe and James Wilsdon: The new politics of public engagement with science?
1.3: Richard Holliman and Eric Jensen: (In)authentic sciences and (im)partial publics: (re)constructing the science outreach and public engagement agenda
Section 2 - Researching public engagement
2.1: Eric Jensen and Richard Holliman: Investigating science communication to inform science outreach and public engagement
2.2: Sarah Davies: Learning to engage; engaging to learn: the purposes of informal science-public dialogue
2.3: Robin Meisner and Jonathan Osborne: Engaging with interactive science exhibits: A study of children's activity and the value of experience
Section 3 - Studying science in popular media
3.1: Anders Hansen: Science, communication and media
3.2: Joan Leach, Simeon Yates and Eileen Scanlon: Models of science communication
Section 4 - Mediating science news
4.1: Stuart Allan: Making science newsworthy: exploring the conventions of science journalism
4.2: Brian Trench: Science reporting in the electronic embrace of the Internet
Section 5 - Communicating science in popular media
5.1: James Bennett: From flow to user-flows: Understanding 'good science' programming in the UK digital television landscape
5.2: Felicity Mellor: Image-music-text of popular science
Section 6 - Examining audiences for popular science
6.1: Susanna Hornig Priest: Reinterpreting the audiences for media messages about science
6.2: Jenni Carr, Elizabeth Whitelegg, Richard Holliman, Eileen Scanlon and Barbara Hodgson: Investigating gendered representations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians on UK children's television
6.3: Richard Holliman and Eileen Scanlon: Interpreting contested science: media influence and scientific citizenship