Writing about science differently: comparing science blogging by undergraduate and postgraduate students
Friday 24 February
Dr Jen Martin is an award-winning Lecturer: she founded, designed and teaches The University of Melbourne’s science communication program. She has a popular weekly segment Weird Science on 3RRR Breakfasters and has also been a co-host of 3RRR’s Sunday science show, Einstein-a-go-go for a decade. Jenny blogs about science for a general audience at www.espressoscience.com and is also a writer for Double Helix, CSIRO’s science magazine for 9 – 13 year olds. In her former life, she studied the sex lives of possums amongst other ecological questions.
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.