Public understanding of science

SOURCE: Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Juan, M.Gastrow, V.Reddy
SOURCE EDITOR(S): A.C.Michalos
KEYWORDS: LITERACY, PUBLIC OPINION, SCIENCE
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8226

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Abstract

In pursuing a research agenda on the public and science, future research endeavors may encompass the dimensions of (i) the heterogeneous nature of society; (ii) the attitudes, values, and knowledge of the general public; and (iii) the dimension of communication and awareness programs. This framework would consider both science and the public as important stakeholders in the relationship and acknowledges that each affects the other, rather than previous frameworks which gave science a position of power and perceived the public to be more or less deficient.