The presentation of science in everyday life: The science show

Richard Watermeyer

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-751
Number of pages14
JournalCultural Studies of Science Education
Volume8
Issue number3
Early online date27 Feb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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