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What factors predict scientists' intentions to participate in public engagement of science activities?

Poliakoff, E. and Webb, T. L. (2007) What factors predict scientists' intentions to participate in public engagement of science activities? Science Communication, 29 (2). p. 242. ISSN 1075-5470

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Abstract

There is a drive for more scientists to engage with the lay public. The authors used an augmented version of the theory of planned behavior and identified three factors that predicted scientists' intentions to participate in public engagement activities, over and above their past actions: attitude (whether participation was regarded as positive), perceived behavioral control (beliefs about whether participation was under their control), and descriptive norms (whether scientists believe their colleagues participate). Factors such as career recognition and time constraints did not significantly predict intentions. These findings will contribute to the design of interventions to promote public engagement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: public engagement; theory of planned behavior; scientist participation; descriptive norm; moral norm; perceived behavioral control
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 08:35
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2010 08:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1075547007308009
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage
Identification Number: 10.1177/1075547007308009
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10769

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