A pilot project to encourage scientific debate in schools. Comics written and peer reviewed by young learners

Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Comics, Books, and Newspapers, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: 
General STEM | Nature of science
Organization:
University of Cambridge, Rothamsted Research
Description: 

Comprehension of the nature and practice of science and its social context are important aspects of communicating and learning science. However there is still very little understanding among the non-scientific community of the need for debate in driving scientific knowledge forward and the role of critical scrutiny in quality control. Peer review is an essential part of this process. We initiated and developed a pilot project to provide an opportunity for students to explore the idea that science is a dynamic process rather than a static body of facts. Students from two different schools experienced the process of peer-review by producing and reviewing comics related to the science done at Rothamsted Research. As authors, students showed a large degree of creativity and understanding of the science while as referees they showed good critical skills. Students had at first hand an insight into how science works.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
10
Number: 
3
Document:

Team Members

Giovanni Lo IaconoGiovanni Lo IaconoAuthor
Adelia de PaulaAdelia de PaulaAuthor

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