11:30-12:00 Investigating Success Factors required in Science Communication

Presenter: Mr Itumeleng Phage

Mr Itumeleng Phage

Itumeleng Phage is currently working on his PhD study in Physics education from Central University of Technology, Free State in Bloemfontein and he is also a lecturer in Physics for pre-service teachers as well lecturing Teaching and Learning Methodologies in Natural and Physical Sciences at the same institution. Itu’s dissertation is on the teaching and learning of kinematics and kinematics in secondary schools, from both the perspective of the physical science teachers/ educators and learners. The aim is to enhance teaching and learning and the use of algebraic knowledge and skills for conceptual understanding and problem-solving in kinematics and its graphs.

Science communication (SC) in this case is considered as a measure and platform where scientists are able to communicate the scientific research findings of their investigations in a public forum, display or exhibition for public consumption and or awareness. It is still on line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th IR) but unlike the 4th IR, which is more entrepreneurial or seem to promote sustainable development through entrepreneurship towards and through commercialisation, SC is more community engagement based and a measure of giving back to the community and to inspire and motivate new generation to follow careers and study in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Science communication and public awareness can mainly be achieved through science centres/ museums and public displays and exhibitions in open public places where general public can utilise or learn for their own benefit from such scientific results. Even though such displays and exhibitions should be placed in strategic places as well as controlled and monitored for maintenance and upgrading purposes, it should be easily be available and accessible to general public and neighbouring community to be on par with latest development in science and earn how science can or is benefiting them, something which the same community can use for sustainable development. The purpose of this discussion would therefore come up with strategies to enhance SC and public awareness with government, researchers and the general public.