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Science in society: re-evaluating the deficit model of public attitudes

Sturgis, Patrick and Allum, Nick (2004) Science in society: re-evaluating the deficit model of public attitudes. Public Understanding of Science, 13 (1). pp. 55-74. ISSN 0963-6625

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0963662504042690

Abstract

The "deficit model" of public attitudes towards science has led to controversy over the role of scientific knowledge in explaining lay people's attitudes towards science. In this paper we challenge the de facto orthodoxy that has connected the deficit model and contextualist perspectives with quantitative and qualitative research methods respectively. We simultaneously test hypotheses from both theoretical approaches using quantitative methodology. The results point to the clear importance of knowledge as a determinant of attitudes toward science. However, in contrast to the rather simplistic deficit model that has traditionally characterized discussions of this relationship, this analysis highlights the complex and interacting nature of the knowledge-attitude interface.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2004 Sage
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 09:18
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 07:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101912

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