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Preaching to the choir? Science communication and the audiences not reached

Humm, Christian; Leßmöllmann, Annette ORCID iD icon; Schrögel, Philipp


Various parts of society are not reached by the established forms of science communication. This challenge for equitable participation is increasingly addressed in research and practice (e.g. Bultitude 2014, Dawson 2019). However, a comprehensive overview of underserved audiences is lacking so far. The heterogeneity of the underserved audiences makes it difficult to define concrete groups. Often, it is a combination of different factors and practices of science communication that lead to marginalization. Therefore, we took the approach of identifying exclusion factors based on a systematic review of research and practice literature, resulting in a comprehensive typology. This typology includes 31 exclusion factors — categorized into three layers: individual, social and systemic factors (Schrögel et al. 2018).

In this talk, we are going to introduce the typology and present qualitative and quantitative data to corroborate it. The quantitative data are based on an analysis of the representative survey on societal attitudes and opinions on science “Wissenschaftsbarometer” in Germany. The qualitative data stem from interviews with three underrepresented audiences, which have been chosen as exemplary case studies: Muslim youths with a migration background, socially disadvantaged people in marginalized neighbourhoods and students in a vocational school. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000137272
Veröffentlicht am 26.10.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ)
Publikationstyp Vortrag
Publikationsdatum 25.05.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000137272
Veranstaltung Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference 2020+1 (2021), Online, 24.05.2021 – 27.05.2021
Projektinformation BOSCH-STFG, 12.5.F092.0013.0
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Schlagwörter science communication, underserved audiences, inclusion, exclusion, hard to reach
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