Title
‘Younger people have like more of an imagination, no offence’ : participant perspectives on public engagement
Description
A wide range of work has reported on the outcomes of public engagement activities and the views expressed by public participants towards specific areas of science and technology. Such work has rarely gone on to explore with public participants their attitudes to the engagement experienced itself, often focusing instead on more practical or quantifiable aspects. This article draws on public participants’ reactions to 11 ‘engagement’ events, occurring across the UK in 2007–2008. Reporting on 33 semi-structured interviews, we focus on their views of participation and engagement in terms of motivations, expectations and expertise. The results suggest that participants have considerable expectations in terms of information and interaction, operate with critical but respectful notions of other ‘publics’ and expertise, and may develop habitual tendencies regarding engagement.
URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2011.628503
DOI
10.1080/21548455.2011.628503
Language
English
Author
Clare Wilkinson
Co-author
Emily Dawson
Co-author
Karen Bultitude
Volume number
2
Issue number
1
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
2154-8455
Copyright URL
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/iopenaccess.asp
Publisher
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Date of publication
01 January 2012
Page reference
43-61
Place of publication
Abingdon
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
No
For non-academic audience?
No
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
International journal of science education, part B : communication and public engagement
Harvard
Wilkinson, Clare et al (2012) ‘Younger people have like more of an imagination, no offence’ : participant perspectives on public engagement. International journal of science education, part B : communication and public engagement. 2 (1), pp. 43-61 Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Vancouver
Wilkinson Clare et al. ‘Younger people have like more of an imagination, no offence’ : participant perspectives on public engagement. International journal of science education, part B : communication and public engagement 2012; 2 (1): 43-61.