Science of the People: Understanding and using science in everyday contexts

Public attittudes to science

BGCI, education@bgci.org | 12/12/12 | London

How do people understand science? How do they feel about science, how do they relate to it, what do they hope from it and what do they fear about it? The answers to these fundamental questions should inform science teachers and educators practices; however, these are not always clearly articulated.

Joan Solomon’s book ‘Science of the People: Understanding and using science in everyday contexts’ sheds light on how science is learnt and how people view it, contradicting some of the mainstream beliefs.

The book is the result of Joan Solomon’s research in a fairly typical small town in England and gives an overview of how a very wide range of adults, united only by local geography, relate to science. Chapters include:

- An Approach to Awareness
- Publics for Science?
- Ethics and Action
- Interpretation and Change

Joan Solomon, who sadly died before this book could be published, enjoyed an international reputation in science education ending up holding chairs of science education at the Open University, King’s College London and the University of Plymouth.

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