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    • Reflecting on the Science Communication Conference

      Now that it’s published, it’s great being able to talk about the results from Public Attitudes to Science 2011, and to reflect on some of the highlights (both negative and positive).  We’ve been trying to work out, for example, why fewer people report feeling informed about science compared to the 2008 study, and reflecting on our new attitude segments.  I’ve been tracking the twitter conversations about the PAS on Storify(with thanks to Jo Brodie for that recommendation), and it was interesting to see how people reacted to the findings – for some, their focus was on the issue of people … Continue reading


    • PAS2011 Twitter Wordle Cloud

      There have been a number of twitter discussions going on over the last week since the survey’s publication. There are more detailed posts to follow but I thought I’d link to the wordle.net cloud I produced in the meantime.

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    • PAS2011 at the Science Communication Conference

      It’s just over a month to go, but this year’s Science Communication Conference will present the first real public opportunity to discuss the results of #PAS2011, as well as its implications for Sci Comm types and scientists more broadly.  I’ll be joining Jayesh and Sarah from Ipsos MORI to talk about what we did, how we did it, and what we found. To help us shape our session further, we’d be interested to know what those of you going to the conference would like to explore.  RCUK held a really inspiring session following publication of the 2008 study – that … Continue reading


    • 14-16 Attitudes

      In previous posts we’ve mentioned our survey of young people’s attitudes.  We published our results on that last week, National Science and Engineering Week. This wasn’t a direct replica of the main PAS, but we took the opportunity to test the views of 500 14-16 year olds enrolled on the online YLPA Learner Panel.  This was a much shorter version quantitative survey only, and administered online instead of face to face.  Even though it wasn’t a representative sample, there were some useful insights, which broadly back up what we’ve found in previous studies. It looks as if those surveyed had … Continue reading


    • Diana Garnham: Science, Careers and Public Attitudes

      Diana Garnham from the Science Council talks science, careers and public attitudes and reflects on what previous attitudes studies have told us.  Appropriate, as Diana has chaired the Science for Careers Expert Group, who are holding a conference in York on 23 February to discuss these issues.  It is now widely acknowledged that parents are key influencers of how children relate to studying science at school and on the career choices they take later in life.  The two are strongly related as the choice of what subjects to study at GCSE, and then the choice of subjects and qualifications post … Continue reading


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