What Makes a Good Science Communication Website? Adult and Student Perceptions in Seven European Countries

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Across the whole of Europe, there has been growing concern about student uptake of science at secondary school level and in higher education. Research shows that young people hold a stereotypical view of science and this may deter them from pursuing scientific studies. The media, source of information and entertainment for many teenagers, frequently portray science in stereotypical fashion. While the internet is becoming an increasingly popular medium for the young, there is a lack of studies investigating how web pages portray science and scientists. The current study presented secondary school students with science communication websites that had previously been rated according to their overall quality and to their portrayal of science. Students were asked to evaluate the sites and discuss their like and dislikes. Commonalities and differences with adult assessments were analysed in order to determine the factors that make a good science communication website.

Keywords: Science Education, Student Perceptions of Science, Web Pages
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Birgit Schroeter

Resarch Assistant, Engineering and Computing, Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow, UK

Dr Anna McGee

Department of Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow, UK

Andrew Quinn

Engineering and Computing, Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow, UK

Ref: L09P0692