Inclusive Science Writing about Socioscientific Issues for Diverse Audiences

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Nicole C Kelp
Alycia Pisano
Sydney Alderfer
Nancy E Levinger


In this paper, we present a science writing assignment in which students focus on targeting specific audiences when writing about a socioscientific issue as well as participate in a peer review process. This assignment helps students consider inclusive science communication in their writing, focusing on engaging unique audiences about the intersections of science and social justice. Students are introduced to evidence-based tools for formulating communication for unique audiences as well as for assessment of writing quality. This assignment is novel in that it helps students think about inclusion issues in STEM, science writing, and peer review, all of which are key disciplinary skills that are not always included in STEM courses. While this assignment was piloted in chemistry and environmental engineering courses, this assignment could easily be modified for other disciplines.

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Kelp, N. C., Pisano, A., Alderfer, S., & Levinger, N. E. (2023). Inclusive Science Writing about Socioscientific Issues for Diverse Audiences. Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, 7(2).
Author Biographies

Nicole C Kelp, Colorado State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Nancy E Levinger, Colorado State University

University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Professor of Chemistry and Electrical and Computer Engineering