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The presentation of science in everyday life: the science show

Watermeyer, Richard 2013. The presentation of science in everyday life: the science show. Cultural Studies of Science Education 8 (3) , pp. 737-751. 10.1007/s11422-013-9484-9

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This paper constitutes a case-study of the ‘science show’ model of public engagement employed by a company of science communicators focused on the popularization of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject disciplines with learner constituencies. It examines the potential of the science show to foster the interest and imagination of young learners in STEM; challenge popular pre/misconceptions of science and scientists; reveal the broadness, plurality and everyday relevance of science; and induce a more fluent and equitable science nexus between expert and non-expert or learner groups. Discussion focuses on conversations with members of a UK and university based science communication outfit who comment on the potential of the science show as a model of non-formal science education and science engagement and the necessary conditions for its success.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science communication ; Science shows ; STEM ; Experiential learning ; Science engagement
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1871-1502
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:19

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