Science popularization, or science communication, holds its ground as a favorable cultural device long since the coming out of new China, but it was not until 1980’s that science popularization studies in China stepped into the stage of theoretical integration.

This paper is intended to 1) briefly review the scenarios of science communication for the public in a span of 60 years in different cultural contexts, 2) trace down the developing path of science popularization studies at theoretical level by discussing the focusing issues occurring in the period of theoretical integration, 3) summarize the basic characteristics of science popularization studies in China.

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Looking into the theoretical development of science popularization studies in China

Lin Yin   China Research Institute for Science Popularization

Science popularization, or science communication, holds its ground as a favorable cultural device long since the coming out of new China, but it was not until 1980’s that science popularization studies in China stepped into the stage of theoretical integration.

This paper is intended to 1) briefly review the scenarios of science communication for the public in a span of 60 years in different cultural contexts, 2) trace down the developing path of science popularization studies at theoretical level by discussing the focusing issues occurring in the period of theoretical integration, 3) summarize the basic characteristics of science popularization studies in China.

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