Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for public engagement and…

Paperback | December 1, 2008

EditorRichard Holliman, Elizabeth Whitelegg, Eileen Scanlon

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How 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 andtransparency; 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 andconsumed. 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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How 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...

Richard Holliman is Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the Open University (OU), UK and production course team chair of Communicating Science in the Information Age. After completing a PhD investigating the representation of contemporary scientific research in television and newspapers in the Department of Sociology at the OU...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.7 inPublished:December 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section 1 - Engaging with public engagement1.1. Alan Irwin: Moving forwards or in circles? Science communication and scientific governance in an age of innovation1.2. 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 agendaSection 2 - Researching public engagement2.1. Eric Jensen and Richard Holliman: Investigating science communication to inform science outreach and public engagement2.2. Sarah Davies: Learning to engage; engaging to learn: the purposes of informal science-public dialogue2.3. Robin Meisner and Jonathan Osborne: Engaging with interactive science exhibits: A study of children's activity and the value of experienceSection 3 - Studying science in popular media3.1. Anders Hansen: Science, communication and media3.2. Joan Leach, Simeon Yates and Eileen Scanlon: Models of science communicationSection 4 - Mediating science news4.1. Stuart Allan: Making science newsworthy: exploring the conventions of science journalism4.2. Brian Trench: Science reporting in the electronic embrace of the InternetSection 5 - Communicating science in popular media5.1. James Bennett: From flow to user-flows: Understanding 'good science' programming in the UK digital television landscape5.2. Felicity Mellor: Image-music-text of popular scienceSection 6 - Examining audiences for popular science6.1. Susanna Hornig Priest: Reinterpreting the audiences for media messages about science6.2. Jenni Carr, Elizabeth Whitelegg, Richard Holliman, Eileen Scanlon and Barbara Hodgson: Investigating gendered representations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians on UK children's television6.3. Richard Holliman and Eileen Scanlon: Interpreting contested science: media influence and scientific citizenship

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`A valuable and much-needed resource.'Professor David Gooding Science Studies Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Bath