In Australia the United Kingdom and Ireland the aims of the programs in their respective program and curriculum documentation appear, on the surface, to be congruent. The course content and expected outcomes, however, do not necessarily reflect this commonality .To some extent this is a reflection of pragmatism, the interests and agenda of individuals may be reflected in the content or the mode of offering (distance vs on campus) and availability of resources such as exploratoria will limit even the most inventive curriculum designer.
 
In spite of this there do seem to be some real underlying differences between the three countries when their courses are scrutinised. I would argue that these differences are related to the cultural and political differences between them.
 
The case of the USA is of special interest. î have been unable to discover any specific Science Communication course as such. ! hope that they will come to light at this conference.
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A comparison of curriculum development for postgraduate science. Communication programs in English speaking countries

Lesley Warner  

In Australia the United Kingdom and Ireland the aims of the programs in their respective program and curriculum documentation appear, on the surface, to be congruent. The course content and expected outcomes, however, do not necessarily reflect this commonality .To some extent this is a reflection of pragmatism, the interests and agenda of individuals may be reflected in the content or the mode of offering (distance vs on campus) and availability of resources such as exploratoria will limit even the most inventive curriculum designer.
 
In spite of this there do seem to be some real underlying differences between the three countries when their courses are scrutinised. I would argue that these differences are related to the cultural and political differences between them.
 
The case of the USA is of special interest. î have been unable to discover any specific Science Communication course as such. ! hope that they will come to light at this conference.

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