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Scientific Communication

Practices, Theories, and Pedagogies, 1st Edition

Edited by Han Yu, Kathryn M. Northcut


324 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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 Northcutis 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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture

This series promotes innovative, interdisciplinary research in the theory and practice of technical communication, broadly conceived as including business, scientific, and health communication. Technical communication has an extensive impact on our world and our lives, yet the venues for long-format research in the field are few. This series serves as an outlet for scholars engaged with the theoretical, practical, rhetorical, and cultural implications of this burgeoning field. The editors welcome proposals for book-length studies and edited collections involving qualitative and quantitative research and theoretical inquiry into technical communication and associated fields and topics, including user-centered design; information design; intercultural communication; risk communication; new media; social media; visual communication and rhetoric; disability/accessibility issues; communication ethics; health communication; applied rhetoric; and the history and current practice of technical, business, and scientific communication.

The series is proud to congratulate Ehren Pflugfelder on winning the 2018 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication for the book Communicating Technology and Mobility: A Material Rhetoric for Persuasive Transportation!

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing