This highly-readable book addresses how to teach effective communication in science. The first part of the book provides accessible context and theory about communicating science well, and is written by experts. The second part focuses on the practice of teaching communication in science, with 'nuts and bolts' lesson plans directly from the pens of practitioners.
Teaching Science Students to Communicate includes over 50 practice chapters, each focusing on one or more short teaching activities to target a specific aspect of communication, such as writing, speaking and listening. Implementing the activities is made easy with class run sheets, tips and tricks for instructors, signposts to related exercises and theory chapters, and further resources.
Theory chapters help build instructor confidence and knowledge on the topic of communicating science. The teaching exercises can be used with science students at all levels of education in any discipline and curriculum – the only limitation is a wish to learn to communicate better! Targeted at science faculty members, this book aims to improve and enrich communication teaching within the science curriculum, so that science graduates can communicate better as professionals in their discipline and future workplace.
Susan Rowland (BSc PhD GCEd PFHEA) is a Professor of Biochemistry and Science Education at the University of Queensland. As a multi-award-winning teacher, Susan has held Fellowships from HFSPO, the Manning Clark Foundation, and the American Society for Microbiology. Susan and her group study undergraduate research, graduate employability, and science communication. She is recognised as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Louise Kuchel (BSc PhD GCEd SFHEA) is an Associate Professor of Biology and a Science Education researcher at the University of Queensland, Australia. An award-winning teacher, Louise works on the theory and best practices for teaching science communication to scientists and science students. Louise’s science communication teaching resources have been adopted around the world. Louise is recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.