Critical & Creative Thinking in Science Communication
I run this course as an exercise in critical thinking about modern science (what is science & how is it now changing?) and the challenges of contemporary science communication. We examine expectations of science (by different people, cultures etc), & debunk the myth of science as separate from society. We explore a multi-disciplinary approach to produce creative ways for actively engaging society & science (e.g. aesthetics of science, visual cognition, citizen science, dialogue). Wherever possible we combine a philosophical approach for understanding science with a practical approach for critical & creative thinking in communicating science. The underlying premise? A deeper understanding of social (contemporary & historical) & aesthetic aspects of science gives us greater power for clarity, creativity, & effectiveness in science communication. THE BRIDGE BETWEEN THEORY & PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT… WE CLIMB ALL OVER THIS BRIDGE.
– Understand the historical drivers of how we view science, & contemporary expectations of science.
– Understand the labile nature of science, & its relationship with society.
– Develop the awareness of cognitive drivers of learning & engagement.
– Gain better understanding of the modes & broad-reaching applications of science communication.
– Develop visual communication skills through critical & creative thinking & practice (I.e. hone your ways of knowing & showing!)
A selection of student Essays on various angles of Science Communication
- Ellen Sima by Ellen Sima
- Braydon Moloney – 408 Essay by Braydon Moloney
- Lydia by Lydia Mclean
- But you don’t look a day over 4000 years! by Simon East
- Physical Challenge by Emily Hall
- Science and Belief by A McNaughton
- Corporate Corruption of Science Communication by Veronica Harwood Stevenson
- The New Tools of Science Communication by Brandon Gantt
- Emotion in Science and Science Communicationby Mariya Seminova
- Mental Mash Up: The Use of Metaphor in Science Communication by Lindsey Horne
- Good Science Communication: A Personal Survey by Susan Hamel
- Science Communication Essay by Hayley Cross
- “Logic” Approach To Science Communication by Suzanne Claessen
- Is Television Suitable for Science Communication? by Moritz Katz
- Remarkable Evolution by Alex Duckles
- Communicating Science – an irresponsible media by Josh Mayo
- Jeremy Star – Science Communication Essay by Jeremy Star
- Shar Carlini 419 What Science Means To Me by Shar Carlini
- Using Science Communication to End the Science Wars by Rodney August
- Is a Love of Science Justifiable? by Chris Vennell
Some preliminary work in Mapping Science
- 1080 [more coming soon]
- explore the complex science of galaxiid fish conservation in New Zealand: see www.intergalaxiid.com or see these examples of an approach using a ‘Facebook’ style social media approach to dissect the relations between different actors… here.
And here’s another example mapping the human injustice of climate change…
A community-engaged project on traditional knowledge and marine management with the East Otago Taiapuri … more at CanvastheOcean.com
Visualisation challenges: on everything from pirate fisheries to bee health to genome size …
and for new ways of evoking empathy for the plight of amphibians worldwide: screen shots below of a gaming approach!