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risks of popularisation - antidotes

  • http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0963662516680311
    • Popularisation risks giving the lay public overconfidence in their understanding of science. Analysis and hints of how to reduce the risks:
      • "These studies also showed that the easiness effect does not occur in every case, but can be mitigated if text information conflicts with information from another text (Scharrer et al., 2013) or if readers are informed explicitly that knowledge about the issue in question is highly complex (Scharrer et al., 2014)."
      • "Popularized articles characterized by information simplification (Brechman et al., 2009; Singer, 1990) may tempt lay recipients to overconfidently rely on their own judgment, despite lacking the deep-level knowledge to make adequate evaluations, and this may have disadvantageous personal consequences."
      • " Denoting an issue as controversial or highly complex did not make the easiness effect vanish completely, but it did reduce its strength significantly (Scharrer et al., 2013, 2014). Explicitly highlighting topic complexity and controversiality therefore appears to be a helpful way to inform laypeople in a comprehensible manner while keeping the risk of an easiness effect as low as possible."
      • "However, the fact that the easiness effect was not prevented completely despite explicit warnings suggests a need for further educating the public on the division of cognitive labor and its implications for making judgments. In addition to furthering their basic understanding of science phenomena, formal science education should facilitate students’ awareness of the fact that making reliable judgments often requires deference to scientific experts (Scharrer et al., 2014)."

(pl) popularizacja

european projects

  • RouteDesObservatoires - Cultural Routes of the European Council project = visits to Toru˝+Centrum Astronomii to learn about instrumental/architechtural heritage here

French projects: participatory science?

Topic revision: r6 - 06 Feb 2017, BoudRoukema
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