Turf Wars? Science Communication and Science
This paper is analyses the introduction of social studies of science and science communication courses into Australian undergraduate science and technology degrees. Some Australian universities have already established such courses in science communication. Others have held steadfast to traditional, discipline-based science courses. This raises the questions that underly this paper: Are units in social studies of science and science communication essential components of a university science education? Who should teach these science communication units? A literature review and a study of university websites provides some clues to base recommendations about how science curriculum designers can modify existing curricula to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Keywords: Science Communication, University Science Curriculum, Science Education
Associate Professor, School of Education, Murdoch University
Research Associate, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University of Technology