Ethical Considerations of Using Narrative to Communicate Science

TitleEthical Considerations of Using Narrative to Communicate Science
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDahlstrom, MF, Ho, SS
JournalScience Communication
Volume34
Issue5
Pagination592-617
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
KeywordsCOMMUNICATION , democracy , ethics , NARRATIVE , policy , SCIENCE , SCIENTISTS
AbstractThis article discusses three ethical considerations science communicators face when considering narrative as a communication technique for science policy contexts: (a) What is the underlying purpose of using narrative: comprehension or persuasion? (b) What are the appropriate levels of accuracy to maintain? (c) Should narrative be used at all? These considerations intersect with perceptions of the appropriate roles of communication and of scientists within democracy. By providing a clearer articulation of these ethical considerations, the authors hope that narrative can become a more useful communication technique toward informed science policy decisions. 
NotesDahlstrom, Michael F. 1 Ho, Shirley S. 2; Affiliation: 1: Iowa State University, Ames, USA 2: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Source Info: Oct2012, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p592; Subject Term: SCIENCE & ethics; Subject Term: COMMUNICATION in science; Subject Term: SCIENCE & state; Subject Term: DEMOCRACY; Subject Term: SCIENTISTS; Subject Term: ETHICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: communication; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: narrative; Author-Supplied Keyword: policy; Author-Supplied Keyword: science; Number of Pages: 26p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 9299
DOI10.1177/1075547012454597

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