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RETHINKING Science communication education and training: Towards a competence model for science communication

F�hnrich, Birte; Wilkinson, Clare; Weitkamp, Emma; Heintz, Laura; Ridgway, Andy; Milani, Elena

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Authors

Birte F�hnrich

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Emma Weitkamp Emma.Weitkamp@uwe.ac.uk
Professor of Science Communication

Laura Heintz

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Andy Ridgway Andy.Ridgway@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Director (Environment, Conservation & Science Communication)

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Elena Milani Elena.Milani@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Lecturer - HAS Applied Sciences - UDAS0001



Abstract

Science communication is at a pivotal stage in its development due to the emergence of digital communication platforms that are not only presenting new opportunities but are also leading to new challenges. In this context, science communicators, who can include scientists, researchers, curators, journalists and other types of content producer, may require new types of preparation and support to engage with multiple audiences, across multiple channels. Despite the increasing need for adequate science communication training, research in the field is sparse and oftentimes refers to single case studies, calling for more comprehensive perspectives on what is needed and what is offered to equip future science communicators with relevant competences to cope with the changing science communication ecosystem. Against this backdrop, this paper takes two approaches, drawing on data from RETHINK, a European project comprising seven countries, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. First, we report on findings from a questionnaire survey completed by 459 science communicators across the seven countries, focusing on how science communicators develop their communication skills, the types of training they have received and the types of training they would like to undertake. Second, we assess exploratory data collected from 13 different science communication degree programs regarding how they seek to embed and consider issues of digital transformation within their curricula. On the basis of both analyses, we will introduce ideas for a competence framework that addresses not only working knowledge and skills but also professional (self-)reflection and the overall mindset and worldviews of students, whilst offering capacity for increased consideration of the role of digital transformation.

Citation

Fähnrich, B., Wilkinson, C., Weitkamp, E., Heintz, L., Ridgway, A., & Milani, E. (2021). RETHINKING Science communication education and training: Towards a competence model for science communication. Frontiers in Communication, 6, Article 795198. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.795198

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 3, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 22, 2021
Publication Date Dec 22, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 30, 2022
Journal Frontiers in Communication
Print ISSN 2297-900X
Electronic ISSN 2297-900X
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Article Number 795198
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.795198
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9184508
Publisher URL https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomm.2021.795198/full

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