Outreach Training Needed

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Science  12 Jan 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5809, pp. 161
DOI: 10.1126/science.1138712

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  • Scientific Research Practice for High School Students

    I completely agree with Alan I. Leshner (1) on the necessity of broadening outreach programs. On the basis of ten years of experience of a successful movement in Hungary and worldwide [www.kutdiak.hu; www.nyex.info (2)], scientific research training for high school students not only restores the broken bridge between science and society, but also provides challenges to harness the increased risk-taking behavio...

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  • You've made my day!
    • David J. Lally, Coordinator for the Partnership for Research and Education in Plants

    Thank you very much for your insightful commentary. Many scientists typically respond to public disaffection with science with calls for better education of teachers or a better curriculum, as if all that was lacking was a more illuminating explanation of the issue at hand. In contrast to a healthy dialogue, they take a posture of "you're mistaken, let me explain it to you more clearly," without realizing how terribly arrogant...

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  • Science Outreach by STEM Students

    In his 12 January 2007 Editorial, A. Leshner issued a clarion call to members of the scientific community to improve outreach to society through, among other strategies, better training of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. As individuals involved in such training, we write to endorse Dr. Leshner’s strong stand on behalf of “public engagement” as a training goal and to suggest that outreach skill...

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  • Thank you

    Dear Dr. Leshner,

    I can't thank you enough for articulating the need for scientists to have "genuine dialogue with our fellow citizens." Most education-related essays and articles, even those included in the Education Forum of Science, focus on increasing science comprehension. Although this is part of the equation, as you note, "the problem is not merely a lack of scientific comprehension." I would like to encou...

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