Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

A2 Relationships between science and society Activities & Weblinks

Activities

The following activities develop ideas about relationships between science and society.
These ideas are also referred to in other activities.

3.2 Love rats
3.3 The Mozart effect

Weblinks

Articles on how science journalists can distort the truth about how research really happens, from Scidev.net. Useful for teaching about the media.
http://www.scidev.net/en/features/how-journalism-can-hide-the-truth-about-science.html

Set of articles, mainly for science journalists which give good advice on writing and interpreting media reports on science, including how to detect fraud from Scidev.net.
http://www.scidev.net/en/science-communication/practical-guides/

How do the media report risk stories? An analysis from Understanding Uncertainty
http://understandinguncertainty.org/node/63
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Some teaching ideas from Planet Science
http://www.scienceyear.com/text_only/sciteach/badscience/statistics.html

Paper analysing how media stories report conflict of interest and funding in reports
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0001266