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2007

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English;Rhetoric

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Clean Coal Rhetoric: Engaging The Public On Informal Education Websites About Science And Technology, David M. Niedergeses Jan 2007

Clean Coal Rhetoric: Engaging The Public On Informal Education Websites About Science And Technology, David M. Niedergeses

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Some scientific and technological problems require public engagement. Engagement, defined in this situation as a level of interest or investment that fosters changing attitudes and behavior, can be achieved through informal education websites that present scientific arguments to a general audience. These websites function as boundary objects between the scientific community and the general public, noticeably affecting the audience's attitudes and opinions about the science in question.;This study focuses on several website elements stimulating engagement on two informal education websites that present clean coal technology, an advanced effort to increase the efficiency of coal power while capturing coal ...