Celebrity scientists: Inspiration or just entertainment?
|Authors||Dent, M. and Radford, Neil|
This article explores perceptions of science students about the influence of celebrity science on their aspirations. Does celebrity science inspire? Their views are contrasted with those of five prominent celebrity scientists (including Sir David Attenborough and Baroness Susan Greenfield). Qualitative interviews revealed that whilst a key factor in science aspiration is personal interest, celebrity scientists were perceived as having the potential and responsibility to inspire young people. Authenticity and credibility, alongside entertainment, were seen as potentially optimising this influence. Implications for teacher educators are considered from the perspective of working with science teachers, scientists and celebrity scientists, with the concept of ‘message to a name’ being introduced as a supportive tool.
|Keywords||Science education, celebrity scientists|
|Journal||Science Teacher Education|
|Publisher||The Association for Science Education|
|Web address (URL)||http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625293|
|Publication dates||30 Sep 2020|
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|Deposited||23 Oct 2020, 15:24|
|Accepted||20 Aug 2020|
|Contributors||University of Derby|
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