1st Edition

Scientific Communication Practices, Theories, and Pedagogies

Edited By Han Yu, Kathryn M. Northcut Copyright 2018
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the roles and challenges of people who communicate science, who work with scientists, and who teach STEM majors how to write. In terms of practice and theory, chapters address themes encountered by scientists and communicators, including ethical challenges, visual displays, and communication with publics, as well as changed and changing contexts and genres. The pedagogy section covers topics important to instructors’ everyday teaching as well as longer-term curricular development. Chapters address delivery of rhetorically informed instruction, communication from experts to the publics, writing assessment, online teaching, and communication-intensive pedagogies and curricula.

    Part I: Practice and Theory

    1. Shifting Networks of Science: Citizen Science and Scientific Genre Change

    Gwendoline Reid

    2. Lines and Fields of Ethical Force in Scientific Authorship: The Legitimacy and Power of the Office of Research Integrity

    Steven B. Katz and C. Claiborne Linvill

    3. Science vs. Science Commercialization: Conflicts and Ethics of Information Sharing

    Scott A. Mogull

    4. Visualizing Science: Using Grounded Theory to Critically Evaluate Data Visualizations

    Candice A. Welhausen
    5. The Tree of Life in Popular Science: Assumptions, Accuracy, and Accessibility

    Han Yu

    6. Tweeting the Anthropocene: #400ppm as Networked Event

    Lauren E. Cagle and Denise Tillery

    7. From Questions of Fact to Questions of Policy and Beyond: Science Museum Communication and the Possibilities of a Rhetorical Education

    Gregory Schneider-Bateman

    Part II: Pedagogy and Curriculum

    8. Science and Writing: A Transectional Account of Pedagogical Species

    Jonathan Buehl and William FitzGerald

    9. Confronting the Objectivity Paradigm: A Rhetorical Approach to Teaching Science Communication

    Maria E. Gigante

    10. Dissolving the Divide between Expert and Public: Improving the Science Communication Service Course

    Kate Maddalena and Colleen A. Reilly

    11. A Rhetorical Approach to Scientific Communication Pedagogy in Face-to-Face and Digital Contexts

    Carleigh Davis and Erin A. Frost

    12. MetaFeedback: A Model for Teaching Instructor Response to Student Writing in the Sciences

    Lindsey Harding and Liz Studer

    13. Incorporating Wikipedia in the Classroom to Improve Science Learning and Communication

    Becky J. Carmichael and Metha M. Klock


    Han Yu is Professor of Technical Communication in the English Department, Kansas State University, USA. She is co-editor (with Gerald Savage) of Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication, author of The Other Kind of Funnies: Comics in Technical Communication, and author of Communicating Genetics: Visualizations and Representations (forthcoming).

    Kathryn Northcut is a professor of technical communication in the Department of English and Technical Communication at Missouri S&T, USA. She teaches courses in technical communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She co-edited (with Eva Brumberger) Designing Texts: Teaching Visual Communication.

    "Yu and Northcut have blazed a new, important, timely, and practicable trail in the field of science communication." --Paul Dombrowski, University of Central Florida

    "For faculty (and grad students) who want to initiate courses in science writing, or for those who want to enrich their approaches, Yu and Northcut’s new work has much to offer. The volume offers the best current thinking to support the teaching of science writing." --Stephen A. Bernhardt, University of Delaware, Emeritus