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Science Slams as Edutainment: A Reception Study

Niemann, Philipp; Bittner, Laura; Schrögel, Philipp; Hauser, Christiane

Abstract:
Science slams are a prominent form of science communication especially in Germany that seeks to entertain. While some view science slams as an excellent vehicle for disseminating knowledge, others argue that the imperative to entertain undermines the scientific value of this form of presentation. Drawing on empirical data from three science slam events, this explorative study examines how audiences and presenters perceive the science slam, particularly as it relates to entertainment and the communication of scientific knowledge. Our multi-method analysis includes audience surveys (n = 469), an eye-tracking study, and interviews with science slammers (n = 18). Our results show that the main reason audiences attend a science slam is for entertainment, yet they also have a strong interest in scientific content. Assessing the slammers’ aspirations concerning the audience, we find entertainment to be an important part, but the motivation to impart scientific knowledge is key for most. When asked to evaluate individual presentations (n = 20), spectators tended to rate both the entertainment and scientific value of the presentations as high. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000117834
Veröffentlicht am 23.03.2020
Originalveröffentlichung
DOI: 10.17645/mac.v8i1.2459
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2183-2439
KITopen-ID: 1000117834
Erschienen in Media and Communication
Band 8
Heft 1
Seiten 177-190
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 18.03.2020
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