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‘Younger People Have Like More of an Imagination, No Offence’: Participant Perspectives on Public Engagement

Wilkinson, Clare; Dawson, Emily; Bultitude, Karen

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Clare Wilkinson Clare.Wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Science Communication

Emily Dawson

Karen Bultitude karen.bultitude@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

© 2012, Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. A wide range of work has reported on the outcomes of public engagement activities and the views expressed by public participants towards specific areas of science and technology. Such work has rarely gone on to explore with public participants their attitudes to the engagement experienced itself, often focusing instead on more practical or quantifiable aspects. This article draws on public participants’ reactions to 11 ‘engagement’ events, occurring across the UK in 2007–2008. Reporting on 33 semi-structured interviews, we focus on their views of participation and engagement in terms of motivations, expectations and expertise. The results suggest that participants have considerable expectations in terms of information and interaction, operate with critical but respectful notions of other ‘publics’ and expertise, and may develop habitual tendencies regarding engagement.

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Wilkinson, C., Dawson, E., & Bultitude, K. (2012). ‘Younger People Have Like More of an Imagination, No Offence’: Participant Perspectives on Public Engagement. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2(1), 43-61. https://doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2011.628503

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2012
Journal International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement
Print ISSN 2154-8455
Electronic ISSN 2154-8463
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 43-61
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2011.628503
Keywords public engagement, expertise, robotics, participation
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/956425
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2011.628503
Additional Information Additional Information : Available online first 31 Jan 2012

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