Co-creation of Knowledge in Technology-Enhanced Communities of Learning

Doris Asakly

  • Research Group: 
    Ass. Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
    Academic Institute: 
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
    Mobile phone: 
    053-3435345

    Mrs. Doris Asakly

    Characteristics of Authentic Scientific Discourse in Social Networks: The Case of Drinking Water Fluoridation

    The research topic is the characteristics of an authentic scientific discourse in social networks: The case of drinking water fluoridation. This study is intended to look at the characteristics of an authentic scientific discourse in social networks, from the perspective of scientific literacy, and to examine which of the four models of science communication is the most suitable for a description of an authentic scientific discourse in social networks. I am looking at Facebook discussions related to drinking water fluoridation. This topic was chosen because it is controversial, relates to the entire population, and raises broad discussions that rich in scientific components.

    My research questions are: 1. what characteristics of scientific literacy are expressed in discussions on Facebook about the drinking water fluoridation? 2. What is the relationship, if any, between the different positions (for / against fluoridation) and the various arguments (scientific, ethical, moral, political and economic), raised by participants in discussions to support their positions? 3. In what ways the four models of science communication reflect what is happening in an authentic scientific discourse on Facebook?

    The research results will contribute to the understanding of the role of social media, especially Facebook, in public involvement in science. On the theoretical side, the research products will aid in creating a new conceptual framework which can help us understand how the various models of science communication reflect what is actually happening in the social networks. Empirically it should provide a new method for testing scientific literacy among the mature population. The practical contribution of the research is in helping to formulate recommendations to use social networks to promote science, scientific literacy, public understanding of science and public engagement in science.