Turf Wars? Science Communication and Science

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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
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Turf Wars

Renato Schibeci

Associate Professor, School of Education, Murdoch University
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Renato Schibeci is Associate Professor in Science Education at Murdoch University. Apart from science education, he also teaches science communication and ICT in education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research for the past decade has focused on the public understanding of science, science communication and community engagement with science/ technology policy. A crucial outcome of this research has been the reconceptualisation of the role of the school science curriculum in the preparation of secondary school students for a future as active “technological” citizens.

Jeffrey Harwood

Research Associate, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University of Technology

I am a poliitical scientist, whose doctoral dissertation was on the politics of problem definition. My research interests also include: science communication, open source innovation and Australian federalism.

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