Science communication is a must. In general we consider science communication between 1. scientists of  the  same  science  field  and  of  particular  science  fields,  2.  science  and  technology,  3.  science  and education  and  4.  science  and  society  in  the  most  general  sense,  with  the  following  focuses:  In  1. complexity  of  nature,  common  dynamic  language  of  science  (key  universal  concepts);  in  2. complementarity of approaches, efficiency and responsibility, in 3 out-off school sources as regular part of education,    science  centres  as  pilots  for  new  ideas  (a  bridge  between  science  and  education)  and  new schools as pupils’ and students’ laboratories  for their experimentation with real  objects and cultivation of science thinking, in 4. permanent implementation of science knowledge into everyday life.

Considering that each pointed item is in a close dependent relation to others only a  complex approach is  the  way  to  make  scientific  knowledge  understandable  also  for  society.  It  means  that  enhancement  of scientific-technological  literacy  for  all  requires  a  tremendous  research  including  implicitly  the  feedback between communicating subjects  and  the  research of  understanding of  individuals  in  accordance with  the newest knowledge of science, addressees needs and possibilities. Unfortunately, communicating science in Slovakia still belongs to the chronically underestimated popularising science.

Some  response  to  the  above  declared  points  is  represented  by  our  action-oriented  project  SCHOLA LUDUS, the original aim of which was to build up the Slovak Science Centre for All. The project, at first glance  oriented  on  hands-on  science  was  initiated  in  the  year  1990  with  a  challenge  for  transdisciplinary discussion  looking  for  the  key  universal  concepts,  which  should  be  developed  systematically  in  schools and would create a meaningful base for lay communication of science.

The project is realised in a restricted born by travelling interactive exhibitions, by creation of original educational materials, by work with schools’ teachers and university students and by research. The contribution of the particular approaches, the results and offers of the project will be presented shortly in relation to the general development.
 

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Changing the key concepts of science communication

Katarína Teplanová   Schola Ludus Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Comenius University

Science communication is a must. In general we consider science communication between 1. scientists of  the  same  science  field  and  of  particular  science  fields,  2.  science  and  technology,  3.  science  and education  and  4.  science  and  society  in  the  most  general  sense,  with  the  following  focuses:  In  1. complexity  of  nature,  common  dynamic  language  of  science  (key  universal  concepts);  in  2. complementarity of approaches, efficiency and responsibility, in 3 out-off school sources as regular part of education,    science  centres  as  pilots  for  new  ideas  (a  bridge  between  science  and  education)  and  new schools as pupils’ and students’ laboratories  for their experimentation with real  objects and cultivation of science thinking, in 4. permanent implementation of science knowledge into everyday life.

Considering that each pointed item is in a close dependent relation to others only a  complex approach is  the  way  to  make  scientific  knowledge  understandable  also  for  society.  It  means  that  enhancement  of scientific-technological  literacy  for  all  requires  a  tremendous  research  including  implicitly  the  feedback between communicating subjects  and  the  research of  understanding of  individuals  in  accordance with  the newest knowledge of science, addressees needs and possibilities. Unfortunately, communicating science in Slovakia still belongs to the chronically underestimated popularising science.

Some  response  to  the  above  declared  points  is  represented  by  our  action-oriented  project  SCHOLA LUDUS, the original aim of which was to build up the Slovak Science Centre for All. The project, at first glance  oriented  on  hands-on  science  was  initiated  in  the  year  1990  with  a  challenge  for  transdisciplinary discussion  looking  for  the  key  universal  concepts,  which  should  be  developed  systematically  in  schools and would create a meaningful base for lay communication of science.

The project is realised in a restricted born by travelling interactive exhibitions, by creation of original educational materials, by work with schools’ teachers and university students and by research. The contribution of the particular approaches, the results and offers of the project will be presented shortly in relation to the general development.
 

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