Science communication seeks to engage individuals and groups with evidence-based information about the nature, outcomes, and social consequences of science and technology. This text provides an overview of this burgeoning field ─ the issues with which it deals, important influences that affect it, the challenges that it faces. It introduces readers to the research-based literature about science communication and shows how it relates to actual or potential practice. A "Further Exploration" section provides suggestions for activities that readers might do to explore the issues raised. Organized around five themes, each chapter addresses a different aspect of science communication:
• Models of science communication – theory into practice
• Challenges in communicating science
• Major themes in science communication
• Informal learning
• Communication of contemporary issues in science and society
Relevant for all those interested in and concerned about current issues and developments in science communication, this volume is an ideal text for courses and a must-have resource for faculty, students, and professionals in this field.
Table of Contents
Preface: The changing face of science communication John K. Gilbert and Susan M. Stocklmayer I. Models of science communication – theory into practice 1. Towards a ‘design approach’ to science communication Masakata Ogawa 2. Engagement with science: models of science communication Susan M. Stocklmayer II: Challenges in communicating science 3. Scientists’ engagement with the public Suzette D. Searle 4. The role of science and technology in public policy. What is knowledge for? Will J Grant 5. Negotiating public resistance to engagement in science and technology Lindy Orthia III. Major themes in science communication 6. Communicating the significance of risk Craig Trumbo 7. Quantitative literacy in science communication Maurice M.W. Cheng, Ka Lok Wong, Arthur Man Sang Lee, Ida Ah Chee Mok 8. Ethics and accountability in science and technology Rod Lamberts 9. Beliefs and the value of evidence Michael J. Reiss IV. Informal learning 10. Helping learning in science communication John K. Gilbert 11. Science communication and science education Sean Perera and Susan M. Stocklmayer 12. The practice of science and technology communication in science museums Léonie J Rennie V. Communication of contemporary issues in science and society 13. Communicating global climate change: issues and dilemmas Justin Dillon and Marie Hobson 14. Science communication during a short-term crisis: the case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) Yeung Chung Lee 15. Communication challenges for sustainability Julia B. Corbett 16. The value of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the 21st Century Yonah Seleti 17. Science communication: The consequences of being human Chris Bryant VI. Further exploration
John Gilbert is Professor Emeritus of The University of Reading, Visiting Professor of King’s College London and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Science Education.
Susan M. Stocklmayer is Professor of Science Communication and Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University.
John Gilbert and Susan Stocklmayer are Joint Editors of International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement.