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""This is a superb resource of principles on utilizing the media to counterpoint technological know-how instructing and interact scholars. It comprises various principles on utilizing newspapers and different resources in technological know-how and the way to motivate youth to learn them conscientiously and critically." Prof Jerry Wellington, university of schooling, college of Sheffield, united kingdom "Throughout the publication, the entire principles, content material, feedback and arguments are supported through in-depth learn and good referencing, making this an authoritative, but eminently readable, reference quantity for present and would-be secondary technology teachers." university technological know-how assessment Science-related information tales have nice capability as a source for instructing and studying approximately technology and its impression on society. by way of demonstrating the relevance of the topic in daily life, they could shape a helpful bridge among the varsity lecture room and the ‘real world’. world wide, these advocating technological know-how schooling reform tension the necessity to advertise ‘scientific literacy’ between children and customarily this comprises equipping scholars to significantly have interaction with technology stories within the media. in spite of the fact that, little or no counsel exists in case you desire to accomplish that. constructing clinical Literacy addresses this hole, supplying a much-needed framework for lecturers wishing to discover ‘science within the media’ in secondary faculties or schools. It indicates how lecturers throughout a few topic parts can collaborate to advertise between teens an inherent ability and skill to have interaction thoughtfully with technology within the media. Drawing on examine and improvement paintings, the authors: Describe key features of technology information reporting speak about its capability as a source for educating and studying approximately technology and for constructing younger people’s criticality in recognize of such experiences establish applicable educational ambitions and recommend actions by which those could be completed This well timed e-book is a resource of beneficial rules and insights for all secondary technology lecturers. it is going to even be of curiosity to these with tasks for preliminary instructor education and carrying on with specialist improvement.

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We have recognised that science-related stories are prevalent in news and that their selection and construction are governed by the same criteria that apply to other news stories. Typically, the standard of science journalism is high and well worth our attention. It serves a number of purposes including some important to us both as an individual and, it is asserted, as a citizen within a democracy. Hence science in the news is of key significance in respect of scientific literacy. It is not, however, its aim to promote scientific literacy.

As will be discussed in Chapter 3, this is not to say that there are not examples of mistakes and misconceptions, of undue superficiality and sensationalism, of a lack of balance and a lack of probity in the reporting of science. But having over the last few years followed science in the news very closely, we would happily agree with the positive view these writers present. ‘Science in the news’, then, as a context for science communication attracts the approbation (in, of course, a general sense) of many who specialise in its study and are competent to judge its merit.

It is difficult to condense into two dozen pages the characteristics of news production across the range of news outlets which we access daily. However we hope that it will provide a ‘rough guide’ to support those who wish to encourage and equip their students to engage critically with science in the news. We will consider: • • • • • The journalists who construct ‘science in the news’ The constraints under which they work The codes and conventions of news reporting The sources journalists use Language and values in news.

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