Turf Wars: Science Communication in Australian Science and Technology Degrees?

By Renato Schibeci and Jeffrey Harwood.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Do Australian science and technology degrees tackle broad social issues as a matter of course? Or do they concentrate almost exclusively on the technical content? This paper analyses degrees in physics, biotechnology and nanotechnology offered by a sample of Australian universities to see the extent to which core studies in social sciences are included. Of the three, physics is the most traditional in offering least contact with social science.

Keywords: Science Communication, University Science Curriculum

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.87-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 778.451KB).

Renato Schibeci

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

I teach science education, science communication and ICT in education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My 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, Australia

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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