An Indo-European network of researchers (MACAS, funded by ESRC-DFG-ISSRC, 2012-2015) will construct a system of science culture indicators based on social attitude surveys. The system should enable us to track and compare social attitudes to science on a number of dimensions (interest, image, attitude, knowledge, engagement). For this purpose we will mobilise existing survey data (Eurobarometer and Indian surveys, 1989-2010), conduct comparative analysis and develop the Science Culture Index (SCI), and we will be joined by colleagues from Turkey, China and Brazil. This session will ask the question: if we talk about social attitudes to science in a global perspective, how do we deal with the structure of these attitudes. Is there a global structure, or are there many different structures, and might this structure of attitudes change over time. What are the implications for teh construction of comparative indicators. The presentations in this session will address this issue empirically on the basis of the available data in EU, Turkey, Brazil, India and China. This session will be chaired and disucssed by Federico Neresini (Padua) o Sensitivity analyses of the Science Culture Index (SCI) in crosssectional and longitudinal comparisons across EU and India (Rajesh Shukla - United Kingdom, IHD, Delhi, Preeti Kakkar , NCAER, Delhi, and Martin William Bauer, LSE) o The structure of attitudes across China – evidence from the survey of 2010 (Liu Xuan & Ren Fujun, CRISP, Beijing) o Comparisons of Public Understanding of Science: China2010 and EU2005 (Ren Fujun, Liu Xuan, CRISP, Beijing, and Martin William Bauer, LSE), Valdidating a structural model of attitudes to science in Turkey in contrast to EU (Ahmet Suerdem, Bilgi, Istanbul), Modelling attitude structures across Brazil: comparing 2005 and 2010 (Yurij Castelfranchi, Elaine Meire Vilela, Ildeu de Castro Moreira, Luisa Massarani, Luciana Barreto de Lima, Brazil).
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