Public participation in an environmental dispute: implications for science education

Tytler, Russell, Duggan, Sandra and Gott, Richard 2001, Public participation in an environmental dispute: implications for science education, Public understanding of science, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 343-364.

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Title Public participation in an environmental dispute: implications for science education
Author(s) Tytler, Russell
Duggan, Sandra
Gott, Richard
Journal name Public understanding of science
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 343
End page 364
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0963-6625
1361-6609
Summary The paper, which reports the findings of a case study of an environmental dispute, focuses on the role of the key players and the way in which they interacted with the underlying science. A model is proposed that lays out some of the dimensions of the complexity of public involvement, of the understandings of the science pertinent to such socio-scientific issues, and of the way knowledge of science is represented and disseminated in such issues. The analysis focuses on the value of local knowledge in framing and engaging with the issue, on the distinction between generative and evaluative engagement, and on the type of knowledge that proved central for engagement. The implications for science education and notions of scientific literacy are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, IOP Publishing Ltd and The Science Museum
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001251

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Scientific and Developmental Studies in Education
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