Different Images of Science at Nordic Science Centres

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Different Images of Science at Nordic Science Centres
Author(s) Davidsson, Eva ; Jakobsson, Anders
Date 2007
English abstract
Science centres aim to present science in ways that will attract visitors and enhance public interest in, and knowledge of, science. But what images and different aspects of science are visitors confronted with at Nordic science centres? This study aims to explore the different aspects of science that are displayed and the ways in which these aspects constitute different images of science. In this study, staff members who work with the planning and creation of new exhibitions were asked to answer a web-based questionnaire, identifying the extent to which different aspects of science were displayed in their latest exhibition. They were also asked to voice their opinions on what, and to what extent, they would like to display different aspects in future exhibitions. This study shows that exhibitions today, in particular, choose to display the wonders of science, presenting science in a product-oriented and unproblematic way. The study also reveals a great discrepancy between what staff members display at their latest exhibitions and what they want to display in future exhibitions. They express a will to emphasise aspects of science on the basis of a societal and cultural perspective. This means that controversial issues, values in society, non-western science, and scientific processes constitute important components for future exhibitions.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690600969848 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue International Journal of Science Education;10
Volume 29
ISSN 0950-0693
Pages 1229-1244
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Science centre
Informal setting
Exhibition
Nature of science
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::Philosophy subjects::Theory of science
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/5092 (link to this page)

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