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Have you heard the PEPS talk? Towards standardized public engagement practices for scientists (PEPS)

Version 1 : Received: 2 October 2018 / Approved: 3 October 2018 / Online: 3 October 2018 (13:09:31 CEST)

How to cite: Martin, N.; Cordero, R.J..; de Broucker, G.. Have you heard the PEPS talk? Towards standardized public engagement practices for scientists (PEPS). Preprints 2018, 2018100050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0050.v1). Martin, N.; Cordero, R.J..; de Broucker, G.. Have you heard the PEPS talk? Towards standardized public engagement practices for scientists (PEPS). Preprints 2018, 2018100050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0050.v1).

Abstract

Publicly-funded scientists have a responsibility to engage with the public on scientific information, but are lacking a standardized framework and assessment strategy to do it well. The PEPS (Public Engagement Practices for Scientists) Method is an outcomes-centered framework employing standardized pedagogical methods with quantifiable outcomes. This approach reveals that scientists often have unrealistic expectations for achieving affective learning outcomes (i.e. changing views from anti- to pro-vaccine) by solely cognitive learning strategies (i.e. supplying data). The PEPS Method can serve as a roadmap for standardized science communication assessments, complementing existing science communication training programs for the next generation of scientists.

Subject Areas

public engagement on science, science engagement, science communication, public understanding of science, deficit model, informal STEM learning, active learning

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