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Can the science of language help to foster shared understanding of forensic science?


Howes, LM and Kemp, N, Can the science of language help to foster shared understanding of forensic science?, International Communication Association conference, 9-13 June, Fukuoka (2016) [Conference Extract]

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As part of the special session on using the science of language to improve the translation of the language of science, this paper explores the topic of communication of forensic science in the criminal justice system. Forensic science is used increasingly as a decision-aid for police, lawyers, judges and jurors. When forensic science is miscommunicated or misunderstood, it can contribute to miscarriages of justice. We argue that modifying language is necessary but insufficient to ensure understanding of forensic science; the broader communication context must also be considered. We argue that dialogue and participation models of science communication have much to offer to foster understanding of forensic science. We acknowledge the drawbacks of dialogue and participative approaches and discuss an example of innovative organisational practice that can help to facilitate effective inter-professional communication.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:communication, forensic science, police, court
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
UTAS Author:Kemp, N (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
ID Code:109622
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-23
Last Modified:2020-02-13
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