Material  and  resources  for  use  in  science  education  must  contain  accurate  and  up-to-date  data  and research results. Clearly when curricula and other materials for use in informal science education and for  public  understanding  of  science  are  developed,  direct  interaction  and  influence  of  research scientists  is  beneficial.  What  is  the  role  of  scientists  in  resource  development?  In  colleges  and universities,  educational  materials  are  “scientist  centric”  since  scientists  are  the  principal  science educators  and  therefore  create  the  specific  courseware  they  need.  In  a  pre-college  educational environment,  and  in  science  museums  (for  example),  appropriate  product  creation  is  driven  by experienced educators and other experts. The research scientist, drawn from a research environment, is not likely to be the instigator of those resources.

This  presentation  will  address  a  model  for  participation  of  scientists  in  educational  product development and educational materials. The model has been tested and evolved at the Space Telescope Science  Institute  in  crafting  materials  for  education  and  public  outreach  based  on  Hubble  Space Telescope  research.  The  products  include  news  releases,  press  conferences,  educational  curricula support  materials, items  for science  museums  and planetaria,  interactive  programs  for  the public  and general  public  information.  A  model  for  scientists  interacting  with  the  press  in  the  context  of  press conferences  and  in  mediated  roundtable  discussions  broadcast  through  traditional  means  and webcasting will be touched upon.

 

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Scientists in the public sphere

Carol A. Christian   Space Telescope Science Institute

Material  and  resources  for  use  in  science  education  must  contain  accurate  and  up-to-date  data  and research results. Clearly when curricula and other materials for use in informal science education and for  public  understanding  of  science  are  developed,  direct  interaction  and  influence  of  research scientists  is  beneficial.  What  is  the  role  of  scientists  in  resource  development?  In  colleges  and universities,  educational  materials  are  “scientist  centric”  since  scientists  are  the  principal  science educators  and  therefore  create  the  specific  courseware  they  need.  In  a  pre-college  educational environment,  and  in  science  museums  (for  example),  appropriate  product  creation  is  driven  by experienced educators and other experts. The research scientist, drawn from a research environment, is not likely to be the instigator of those resources.

This  presentation  will  address  a  model  for  participation  of  scientists  in  educational  product development and educational materials. The model has been tested and evolved at the Space Telescope Science  Institute  in  crafting  materials  for  education  and  public  outreach  based  on  Hubble  Space Telescope  research.  The  products  include  news  releases,  press  conferences,  educational  curricula support  materials, items  for science  museums  and planetaria,  interactive  programs  for  the public  and general  public  information.  A  model  for  scientists  interacting  with  the  press  in  the  context  of  press conferences  and  in  mediated  roundtable  discussions  broadcast  through  traditional  means  and webcasting will be touched upon.

 

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