RRI & science museums; prototyping an exhibit for reflection on emerging and potentially controversial research and innovation.

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    Abstract

    To unravel how science museums can prepare citizens for reflection on
    research and innovation, this study evaluates a playful exhibit prototype,
    Opinion Lab (OL). The OL made children and parents reflect on synthetic
    biology (SB), supported by conversation exercises, citizen-narratives, and
    futuristic scenarios. We analysed 26 OL test sessions performed in NEMO
    science museum Amsterdam. The prototype appeared to support
    participants in opinion forming, counter-argument incorporation and
    extrapolation. Also, reflection on deeper questions such as ‘what is
    nature?’ evoked understanding for alternative viewpoints. These findings
    show that playful exhibits, like the OL, potentially facilitate dialogue in
    science museums very well.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberA02
    Pages (from-to)1-24
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Science Communication
    Volume16
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2017

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