Writing about science differently: comparing science blogging by undergraduate and postgraduate students
Friday 24 February
Dr George Aranda is a former cognitive neuroscience researcher who has moved from the world of brains to science education research and science communication. Now researching and teaching at Deakin University, he has broad interests in science communication, science and technology education, narrative and understanding how scientists and their work are perceived in the world. He is also interested in how science books can be involved with science engagement and is the curator of Science Book a Day.
How does this work contribute to Seeing Science Differently?
We asked science students at Deakin University and the University of Melbourne to write blog posts about science topics of their choice. This is a task that without question challenges students to see science differently. Rather than writing about science in the formal style in which they’ve been trained, and to an audience of other scientists, blog writing is characterised by both language and topics tailored for a lay audience. Our research explores how students with different levels of science training adapt to this task of seeing, and writing about science differently. Further, we consider whether blog writing improves science students’ communication skills.