1st Edition

Theory and Best Practices in Science Communication Training

ISBN 9781138478152
Published July 24, 2019 by Routledge
184 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

USD $155.00

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Book Description

This edited volume reports on the growing body of research in science communication training, and identifies best practices for communication training programs around the world.

Theory and Best Practices in Science Communication Training provides a critical overview of the emerging field of by analyzing the role of communication training in supporting scientists’ communication and engagement goals, including scientists’ motivations to engage in training, the design of training programs, methods for evaluation, and frameworks to support the role of communication training in helping scientists reach their communication and engagement goals. This volume reflects the growth of the field and provides direction for developing future researcher-practitioner collaborations.   

With contributions from researchers and practitioners from around the world, this book will be of great interest to students, scholars and, professionals within this emerging field. 

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Scientist as a Strategic Communicator

1. Scientists, Trainers, and the Strategic Communication of Science

Nichole Bennett, Anthony Dudo, Shupei Yuan, and John Besley

2. What Studies of Expertise and Experience Offer Science Communication Training

Declan Fahy

3. The Meaning of Public-Private Partnerships for Science Communication Research and Practice

Fred Balvert

4. Science Engagement and Social Media: Communicating Across Interests, Goals, and Platforms

Emily Howell and Dominique Brossard

Part 2. Science Communication Training Design and Assessment

5. Training Scientists to Communicate in a Changing World

Toss Gascoigne and Jenni Metcalfe

6. The Challenges of Writing Science: Tools for Teaching and Assessing Written Science Communication
Tzipora Rakezdon

7. Insights for Designing Science Communication Training from Formal Science Education: Apply the Mantra and be Explicit

Louise Kuchel

8. Evaluating Science Communication Training: Going Beyond Self-Reports
Yael Barel-Ben David and Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

Part 3. Future Directions for Science Communication Training

9. Abandoning the Runaway Train: Slowing Down to Draw on Lessons Learned from Health Communication Training

Brenda L. MacArthur, Nicole J. Leavey, and Amanda E. Ng

10. A Metro for Science Communication: Building Effective Infrastructure to Support Scientists’ Public Engagement
Brooke Smith

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Todd P. Newman is an assistant professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA where he teaches courses on science communication, strategic communication, and marketing. Newman is the co-author of Brand (2018) -- which examines the role of brand strategy in society, including scientific debates -- and previously conducted research on science communication training as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Connecticut and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.


"This new book demonstrates the productive ferment of the science communication training field. The authors draw on diverse research traditions to suggest new ways of thinking about science communication. Science communication serves many goals, and these chapters suggest how practitioners might be trained to better address those goals. Ideas from this book will surely find their way into my own courses and workshops." -- Bruce Lewenstein, Chair, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, USA

"As science communication training proliferates worldwide, and is increasingly commercialised, this collection of essays and studies is timely and highly relevant. It offers a variety of perspectives, drawing on multiple disciplines and theoretical models and proposing several options for practice and policy. In this way, it provokes us to explore further the purposes and processes of training in various contexts, and to reflect more on what effective communication might mean and on important nuances of difference between training and education." -- Brian Trench, President, PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) international network, Ireland

"This book brings together a diverse group of experts and shares different perspectives on the "science of science communication". Research on science communication and science communication training are vital to advancing our efforts to prepare scientists to discuss their work with the public, policymakers, media, and other scientists. I am thrilled this book provides this critical link, and it offers important insights to all of us who are committed to this work." -- Laura Lindenfeld, Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University, USA