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REFLEXIVES ® As transaction spaces for improved communication among disciplines and between scientists and society

M. C. Roland   French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

P. Monestiez   French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

J. Chadoeuf   French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

Communicating is the doing of science. Scientists need new skills, and must develop the ability to be self-reflective in order to move from a linear model of “public understanding of science” to a “democratic” model where they share with non-experts societal and scientific problems. Working on the formulation of research questions is one way to improve scientists’ communication skills, to encourage them to be reflective practitioners and to prepare them to be mediators in the processes of communicating science. Réflexives® are spaces of systemic communication and mediation, facilitated by researchers who conduct creativity workshops. Linguistic skills are developed in writing workshops. Projects and practices are debated, using epistemology-in-practice, reflective practice, dialogue and real work situations. Researchers are expected to be better writers and speakers and to be better able to link across the cultural differences existing between partners involved in a research process. The quality of research should therefore be improved.

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