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Interpreting contested science: media influence and scientific citizenship

Holliman, Richard and Scanlon, Eileen (2009). Interpreting contested science: media influence and scientific citizenship. In: Holliman, Richard; Whitelegg, Elizabeth; Scanlon, Eileen; Smidt, Sam and Thomas, Jeff eds. Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for public engagement and popular media. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 254–273.

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In this chapter the authors document the findings from a study of newspaper reception of ‘contested science’, where participants were encouraged to discuss how they actively interpreted and contextualised (or avoided) this reporting. Drawing on two examples—finger length and sexuality, and genetics and intelligence—the chapter compares the main findings from a study of newspaper content with that of a reception study involving 14 focus group interviews. The authors argue that controversial topics in science provide scientific citizens with interesting opportunities for discussion and action that can have consequences for their engagement with science.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Open University
ISBN: 0-19-955266-5, 978-0-19-955266-5
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 13061
Depositing User: Richard Holliman
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009 08:40
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 09:26
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