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Different images of science at Nordic science centres

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Davidsson, Eva; Jakobsson, Anders

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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.
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology; Special areas of Education
Free Keywords nature of science; science centre; public; museum; informal education
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 1229-1244
Journal International Journal of Science Education, 29 (2007) 10
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690600969848
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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