This is the fourth in a series of public attitudes to science studies that BIS and its predecessor departments have funded or commissioned. The earlier studies were published in 2000, 2005 and 2008 (jointly with Research Councils UK). You can access those from our first post.
The research is being conducted by Ipsos MORI, and managed by the BIS science and society team.
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Reflecting on the Science Communication Conference
1 Jun 2011
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
9 May 2011
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.
PAS2011 at the Science Communication Conference
14 Apr 2011
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 →
24 Mar 2011
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
22 Feb 2011
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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- Libel Reform and Science « Computing: the Science of Nearly Everything commented about Reflecting on the Science Communication Conference"[...] to Science with Marilyn Booth (BIS) and Ipsos MORI (see PAS 2011 study, Ipsos MORI presentation, BIS blog post, Storify and my first exposure t…"
- Jayesh Navin Shah commented about Reflecting on the Science Communication Conference"Hi Tom, I have little to add to what Marilyn's already said, but hope what's below answers your queries! The segments are not all the same size…"
- marilynbooth commented about Reflecting on the Science Communication Conference"Hi Tom I'm glad you enjoyed the session - I'll leave Jayesh to comment on the technicalities of the cluster analysis approach used by Ipsos Mori. …"
- Dr Tom Crick commented about Reflecting on the Science Communication Conference"Hi Marilyn, I enjoyed the PAS session at SCC2011, especially some of the discussions were had in the breakout groups. We also raised the potential pe…"
- Bishop Hill commented about PAS2011 at the Science Communication Conference"Martin Robbins' article here was interesting and should provoke interesting discussion. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2011/feb…"