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Creating Connections : Museums and the Public Understanding of Current Research - David Chittenden

Creating Connections

Museums and the Public Understanding of Current Research

By: David Chittenden (Editor), Graham Farmelo (Editor), Bruce V. Lewenstein (Editor), Bill Nye (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 28th May 2004
ISBN: 9780759104761
Number Of Pages: 400

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Science museums are in the business of making science accessible to the public--a public constantly bombarded with new information and research results. How the public understands this information will affect what they expect and take away from a museum's exhibits and programs. Creating Connections looks at the public understanding of research (PUR) and how it affects what science museums do. What are the opportunities and critical issues in PUR? What strategies are working and what are some pitfalls? What can be learned from the media's experiences with PUR? Creating Connections will be an invaluable resource for science museum professionals who want to guide their institutions and their visitors toward a new understanding of and appreciation for current research.

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This volume contains essays from a 2002 conference, "Museums, Media, ad the Public Understanding of Research--An International Working Conference..".The book gives some sense of the breadth and intensity of the discussions, as well as providing a rich and diverse collection of papers on a central issue for science museums.--George E. Hein "Visitor Studies Today "

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Only Connect: Linking the Public with Current Scientific Researchp. 1
On the History and Challenges of Public Understanding of Researchp. 27
La buona e non mascherata filosofia, or the Exhibitionistsp. 29
The Challenge and the Opportunity of Presenting "Unfinished Science"p. 47
Public Understanding of Research: The Big Opportunities and Issuesp. 61
Different Ways of Looking at Public Understanding of Researchp. 63
Museums as Agora: Diversifying Approaches to Engaging Publics in Researchp. 73
Evaluating Public Understanding of Research Projects and Initiativesp. 87
What about the Audiences? Tailoring PUR Programs for Museum Visitorsp. 109
Dangerous Ground? Public Engagement with Scientific Controversyp. 127
Improving Public Understanding of Scientific Research: A View from the Research Sidep. 145
New Alliances to Promote the Public Understanding of Researchp. 153
Collaboration and the Public Understanding of Current Researchp. 163
Funding and Institutional Issues Related to Public Understanding of Researchp. 183
Some Emerging Public Understanding of Research Strategies and Approachesp. 197
Understanding the Process of Researchp. 199
Production Aspects of Promoting Public Understanding of Researchp. 211
Bridging the Gap: Interpreting Current Research in Museum Settingsp. 235
At the Cutting Edge: Showcasing Research through a Public Exhibition Centerp. 257
Catching Science in the Act: Mysteries of Catalhoyukp. 267
Public Understanding of Research in a Natural History Museum: The Darwin Centrep. 276
What Museums Can Learn from Media Public Understanding of Research Initiativesp. 289
Emerging Best Practices at Research-Performing Institutionsp. 291
It's the Way You Tell 'Emp. 299
Covering Science at the New York Timesp. 306
Nova: The Leading Edgep. 311
Earth and Sky: Some Challenges of Communicating Scientific Research on the Radiop. 318
Crossing the Public and Commercial Broadcasting Barriers: ScienCentral's Two Public Understanding of Research Projectsp. 322
Afterword: Not So Fast: Some Thoughts on Re-Visioning PURp. 329
Background and Thoughts on Museums, Media, and the Public Understanding of Research: An International Working Conferencep. 337
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ISBN: 9780759104761
ISBN-10: 075910476X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 28th May 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 16.36  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.63