DOI: 10.1177/10755470231217682 ISSN: 1075-5470

Are Productive Scientists More Willing to Engage With the Public?

Luye Bao, Mikhaila N. Calice, Dominique Brossard, Dietram A. Scheufele, Ezra M. Markowitz
  • Sociology and Political Science

Scientists are increasingly expected to participate in public engagement around prominent science and technology issues. However, scientists remain concerned that public engagement takes time away from conducting research. Little is known about the relationship between scientists’ productivity and their willingness to participate in different types of public engagement. Using a census survey of scientists from 30 U.S. land-grant universities ( N = 5,208), we find that productive scientists are slightly more willing to participate in public scholarship than less productive scientists. In addition, social science consideration, institutional incentives, and self-efficacy are associated with a greater willingness to participate in public scholarship and informal science education.

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