Science Communication for Social Inclusion: Exploring Science & Art Approaches
Journal of Science Communication 20 (02) (2021), https://doi.org/10.22323/2.20020205
17 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021 Last revised: 26 Apr 2021
Date Written: March 21, 2021
Engaging communities at risk of social exclusion poses a big challenge for science communicators. We schematize a framework for projects using science & art to promote social inclusion, composed of 3 phases — design, plan and collaboration; implementation; and evaluation. We present a case study that aimed to engage with a community of migrant senior women, mostly illiterate. Our findings suggest high engagement was achieved by building trust, involving emotions, choosing a relatable topic and following participatory practices. Inclusive activities occurred on the short-term, but for medium-term impact, community insiders need to be regarded as a second audience.
Keywords: Public engagement with science and technology; Social inclusion; Science communication
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