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More science communication Terms

Here are some more terms you may come across in science communication roles, suggested by the BIG community of BIG-Chat. Some of these are fairly specialised so if you are able to provide some missing "sector-related" definitions or can suggest some new additions, please contact us.

Accessibility

Accuracy

Affective Relating to moods, feelings and attitudes

Alternative conception

Anticipation

Behavioural outcomes

Cognitive

Conative

Coordinator (Science, Maths etc)

Constructivism

Chunking

Exploratory

Front of House

Finger-trap

GLOs

HEAT: Higher Education Access Tracker A monitoring and evaluation service subscribed to by some Higher Education Institutions to keep track of outreach interactions with students to see if they progress to Higher Education.

Learning

Major, minor Used when there are two or more presenters to describe who is in a major/minor role with regard to the audience at any one point.

Metaphor/simile

Models

Narrative

Objective

Operations

Outcome

Participatory

Passionate purposes/intentions How do we want our audience to feel at each point?

Pedagogy

PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

Practitioner

Prediction

Quantitative/qualitative

Risk

ROI Return on investment

Screenwriting:

  • Come to the action
  • Cut from the front 
  • Kill your darlings 
  • Own the space 
  • Turn downstage 
  • Spend your audiences 

Sequencing

SEND Special Educational Needs and Difficulties

Signposting

Theatre:

  • Stage right, Stage left
  • Upstage Towards the back of the theatre, away from the audience.
  • Downstage Towards the front of the theatre, towards the audience.

Verisimilitude

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