Assigned Reading 1- Duff

Joel, as my advisor, defines the scope and scale of my comprehensive exams, and I feel his assigned literature is a great standard to compare the others to, even if the others often have a different shape and size. He has divided the material into two clean topics: Science Communication, and Defense of Historical Science as Science. When you're developing informal education for evolutionary topics, the biggest challenge, in this country particularly, is the religious right (more precisely, creationists), and so you need to know your stuff if you want to even begin to tread water in that chummy water.


Here are 12 papers that follow 2 themes. I also have a book that I am thinking of having your read a good portion of.   I will provide some more specifics about later but this will give you something to work on.

Science Communication:

Weber, James R., and Charlotte Shell Word. "The Communication Process as Evaluative Context: What Do Nonscientists Hear When Scientists Speak? Scientists and nonscientists benefit by recognizing that attempts at mutual influence, multiple frames of reference, and “objective” information in science communication are not neutral but evaluated with other social influences." BioScience 51, no. 6 (2001): 487-495.  

Miller, Jon D. "The measurement of civic scientific literacy." Public understanding of science 7, no. 3 (1998): 203-223.  

Fischhoff, Baruch. "The sciences of science communication." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, no. Supplement 3 (2013): 14033-14039.   

de Bruin, Wändi Bruine, and Ann Bostrom. "Assessing what to address in science communication." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, no. Supplement 3 (2013): 14062-14068.  

Wilson, Kris M. "Drought, debate, and uncertainty: measuring reporters' knowledge and ignorance about climate change." Public Understanding of Science 9, no. 1 (2000): 1-13. 

Ballen, Cissy J., and Harry W. Greene. "Walking and talking the tree of life: Why and how to teach about biodiversity." PLoS Biology 15, no. 3 (2017): 

Defense of historical sciences as science: 

Jeffares, Ben. "Testing times: regularities in the historical sciences." Studies in history and philosophy of science part C: Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences 39, no. 4 (2008): 469-475.  

Dodick, Jeff, and Nir Orion. "Geology as an historical science: Its perception within science and the education system." Science & Education 12, no. 2 (2003): 197-211.

Cleland, Carol E. "Prediction and explanation in historical natural science." The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2011): axq024.

Ruse, Michael. "Darwinism and mechanism: metaphor in science." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36, no. 2 (2005): 285-302.

Forber, Patrick, and Eric Griffith. "Historical reconstruction: Gaining epistemic access to the deep past." Philosophy & Theory in Biology 3 (2011). 

Cleland, Carol E. "Methodological and epistemic differences between historical science and experimental science." Philosophy of Science 69, no. 3 (2002): 447-451. 

Assigned Reading 2- Svenson