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A Tapestry of ValuesAn Introduction to Values in Science$
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Kevin C. Elliott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260804.001.0001

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How Can We Engage with These Values?

How Can We Engage with These Values?

(p.137) Chapter 7 How Can We Engage with These Values?
A Tapestry of Values

Kevin C. Elliott

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that one of the best ways to respond to the values that permeate scientific practice is to promote engagement between citizens, policymakers, scientists, and other scholars. Engagement can provide opportunities to identify value judgments, to challenge questionable judgments, and to deliberate about which values should play a role in scientific practice. Four forms of engagement appear to be particularly promising: (1) “bottom-up” engagement (e.g., citizen science or community-based participatory research) between community groups and researchers who can address issues they care about; (2) “top-down” engagement exercises (e.g., consensus conferences or citizen juries) that elicit public input on scientific issues; (3) interdisciplinary engagement between scholars with diverse personal and educational backgrounds; and (4) engagement with the laws, institutions, and regulations (e.g., patent policies and funding policies) that structure the practice of scientific research.

Keywords:   community-based participatory research, oppositional research, protest movements, engagement, citizen science, consensus conferences, patent policy, Toolbox Project, values and science

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