Science in the Mass Media - Quiz & Worksheet


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What is the main goal of the mass media in reporting science?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a complaint scientists sometimes have about the media?

2. Why can popularizing scientific ideas be a problem sometimes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One of the issues related to science and the general public is that very complex ideas have to be explained in a way that the average person can understand. You can go over some facts about science in mass media with these assessment questions. Some points you'll be tested on include goals in science journalism and issues that may arise in reporting scientific findings.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Goals of reporting on science in mass media
  • Complaints raised by scientists over science reporting
  • Problems with popularizing scientific ideas
  • Reasons specific instances of scientific reporting are untrustworthy
  • The importance of scientific understanding

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the assessment questions to test your recollection of some facts about science reporting in the media that you went over in the lesson
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of the reasons that the media reports on science and problems that may arise in relation to it
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the topic to identify specific notable instances of science reporting and larger issues surrounding the subject

Additional Learning

Learn more about this subject with the associated lesson called Science in the Mass Media. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Reporting on science
  • Issues with sensationalism
  • Problems with scientific misunderstanding
  • How the media rapidly spreads ideas