Communication in formal and non-formal science

Teresa Serra, Jordi Colomer

Abstract


Communication in both formal and non-formal education requires specific spaces, communicators and activities.  Communication in formal science is highly regulated by research needs and the purposes of higher education institutions. In non-formal science, communication is more intrinsic, voluntary and typically non-sequential, given that it is a function of activities designed in out-of-school environments. In both cases, communication is linked to learning and is mediated by individual or community engagement and the need for constant dialogue between communicators and public and by the need to constantly design new architectures of interaction.


Keywords


science communication, formal education, non-formal education, community engagement, out-of-school labs, museums.

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