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TitleScience Communication in Theory and Practice [electronic resource] / edited by Susan M. Stocklmayer, Michael M. Gore, Chris Bryant
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2001
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Descript XV, 285 p. online resource


Hereafter you will find a first: a comprehensive textbook on the communication of sciencein theory and practice! Is there a need for such a textbook? Obviously, yes! Whether you are a scientist, a science journalist, a science teacher, a science museum specialist, a scientific website designer, a science historian, a science entertainer, a member of a scientific society or club, a science tinkerer - there is always a chance that you will be enthusiastic about the job of communicating science, but uncertain about whether you do it well. This book exposes you to the practices of others by reviewing science communication case studies or by inviting you to plunge into the underlying rationale of theoretical approaches to science communication. These are different opportunities for comparing your experience with the practices or reflections of others. The conversation can even be established and furthered with the authors of some of these case studies or of the theories presented in this book by using their website and possibly their email addresses. This book, like a composite, gathers contributions from experts from most of the above mentioned fields. A lot of practices are discussed and they are among the very best practices according to common professional wisdom in the field. Those practices are also reflected upon in an attempt to be somewhat theoretical


Section 1: Towards A Theoretical Basis For Science Communication -- 1. The Background to Effective Science Communication by the Public -- 2. Science Communication with the Public: A Cross Cultural Event -- 3. More than Story Telling-Reflecting on Popular Science -- 4. Topical Perspective and the Rhetorical Grounds of Practical Reason in Arguments About Science -- 5. Postmodern Science: The Decline or Liberation of Science -- Section 2: The Experimental Approach To Science Communication -- 6. Conversations in a Landscape of Science and Magic: Thinking about Science Communication -- 7. Communicating Science Through Interactive Science Research Centres: A Research Perspective -- 8. Towards a Unified Model of Education and Entertainment in Technology Centres -- 9. Reaching the Public โ{128}{148} Communicating the Vision -- Section 3: Science Communication And The Media -- 10. Science Journalism: the Inside Story -- 11. Presenting a Radio Science Program: Engaging the Public Interest -- 12. Science Communication via Television and the World Wide Web -- Section 4: Science Communication In Practice: Case Histories -- 13. New Visions for Associations for the Advancement of Science: A Case Study -- 14. The Edinburgh International Science Festival -- 15. The Questacon Story -- 16. The Anatomy of a Science Circus and the Development of a Graduate Program in Science Communication -- 17. Learning by Building (Destroying and Tinkering, Too): A Powerful Science Communication Tool -- Epilogue: Reflections Of An Eminent Scientist -- 18. Learning Science Communication on the Job -- Notes on Contributors

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