|Tuesday 22nd August Symposia Session I, 09:00 - 11:00
This symposium challenges the separation between science education, focusing on K-12 students, higher education and learning in formal and informal environments, and science communication, focusing on interactions between the scientific community and other publics. The two domains share the goal of engaging the public in informed discussions on science-related issues. However, their evolution as independent academic fields has impeded the identification of shared methods and ideas.
The goal of this symposium is to bridge research and practice and to encourage collaboration between the two communities, by presenting common issues, introducing useful theoretical frameworks, and demonstrating empirical research transcending the two disciplines.
The first two contributions directly address theoretical similarities and divergence. Cakmakci (Turkey) explores the goals of different communities of public engagement with science, including ESERA, highlights their priorities and discusses why close co-ordination and collaboration are important for a holistic approach to public engagement with science. Murphy (Ireland) explores theoretical models of science communication and their connection to science education, and proposes how science communication present spaces for mutual learning with STEM education.
Additional presentations provide empirical examples for the usefulness of bridging the two disciplines: Baram-Tsabari and Shauli (Israel) study science literacy in action by characterizing the role played by scientific knowledge in the lives of non-scientists faced with science- related decisions. Finally, Ginosar and Tal (Israel) use a single conceptual framework for investigating environmental journalistic texts published on news websites, and science teachers' choices of such texts in their teaching.
The symposium is organized in association with the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST).
Chairperson: Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Discussant: Tali Tal, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel