The free energy interviews: Scientists and journalists collaborate in a cross-disciplinary research journey

Rowland, Susan L., Damien, Ann, Giuliani, Kurt T. K., Harrison, John, Ieremia, Makerita T. N., Ramakrishna, Mahitha, Smith, Carl L. E. and Wilson, Clarissa B. G. (2014) The free energy interviews: Scientists and journalists collaborate in a cross-disciplinary research journey. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22 5: 61-75.

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Author Rowland, Susan L.
Damien, Ann
Giuliani, Kurt T. K.
Harrison, John
Ieremia, Makerita T. N.
Ramakrishna, Mahitha
Smith, Carl L. E.
Wilson, Clarissa B. G.
Title The free energy interviews: Scientists and journalists collaborate in a cross-disciplinary research journey
Journal name International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
ISSN 2200-4270
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 5
Start page 61
End page 75
Total pages 15
Place of publication The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW Australia
Publisher Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Many students in high schools and universities view science and scientists as “other”. Students have few mechanisms that they can use to access information about “who” a real scientist is, and “what” they do all day. In 2010 we began a project to address this information gap by (i) producing a series of recorded interviews with working science graduates and (ii) supplying these to undergraduate students in a large mixed-interest biochemistry class. We named the project “Free Energy”. Initially a science academic interviewed other scientists alone, however in the second iteration we included student interviewers as well. To obtain course credit these students, who are all co-authors on this paper, used Free Energy as the basis for their Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences. We present a description of the development and delivery of Free Energy and explain how we used it as the subject of student research projects in a Science faculty. We also explain what we as academics and student interviewers have learned from the process of interviewing science graduates in a working radio studio and delivering these recorded interviews to large groups of undergraduate students.
Keyword Interview technique
Science careers
Student interviewers
Working scientists
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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