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Use of Scientific Language by University Physics Students Communicating to the Public
written by Kathleen Hinko, Jordan Seneca, and Noah D. Finkelstein
Communicating to non-expert audiences about advanced physics topics and current research is an essential practice for physicists. Typical language used by physicists speaking to other physicists, however, draws on a wealth of prior knowledge and community norms; using such scientific language with public audiences can be a barrier to effective communication. Drawing from observations and literature, we present a framework for the assessment of scientific language of physics students communicating scientific meaning to non-expert audiences. We apply this framework to the analysis of videos of university physics students instructed to describe their research to children. We classify the types of scientific language used by students and identify strategies they employ to mitigate the impact of jargon on the audience.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 115-118
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Communication
= Language
= Speaking
Education Practices
- Informal Education
- Graduate/Professional
- Informal Education
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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Rights Holder:
American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.025
NSF Numbers:
1548494
0833364
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.-d
Keywords:
PERC 2014, informal science education, science communication
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Metadata instance created April 24, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 31, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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K. Hinko, J. Seneca, and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13462&DocID=4061).
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K. Hinko, J. Seneca, and N. Finkelstein, Use of Scientific Language by University Physics Students Communicating to the Public, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13462&DocID=4061>.
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Hinko, K., Seneca, J., & Finkelstein, N. (2014, July 30-31). Use of Scientific Language by University Physics Students Communicating to the Public. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13462&DocID=4061
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Hinko, K, J. Seneca, and N. Finkelstein. "Use of Scientific Language by University Physics Students Communicating to the Public." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13462&DocID=4061 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Hinko, Kathleen, Jordan Seneca, and Noah Finkelstein. "Use of Scientific Language by University Physics Students Communicating to the Public." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 115-118 of PER Conference. 13 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13462&DocID=4061>.
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