A comunidade científica da UFSCar e a comunicação da ciência: um estudo sobre o significado dos eventos científicos
Guimarães, Vera Aparecida Lui
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The theme of this research is scientific communication - especially that of scientific events - considered from the perspective of a scientific community in particular. The theoretical framework is anchored in social studies of science, assuming the assumptions of the sociology of science - in particular the views of "academic science" and "post-academic science" on the scientific community - and scientific communication coming from the Information Science. The research question can be expressed in the following question: what is the meaning that events take science to the scientific community UFSCar according to the different areas and contexts of production and post-academic science academic? This question led to the following hypothesis: the areas of knowledge have different communication patterns of knowledge and these are determined by the specific fields of scientific and production contexts of science. The research aimed to understand the meaning of the scientific community UFSCar attaches to scientific events in different contexts of production of science and specific objectives: a) describe the profile of the scientific community UFSCar composed of researchers from different fields of knowledge; b) analyze the vision of researchers about the meaning of scientific events. From the methodological point of view, this is an exploratory - descriptive study with explanatory features. The approach of the problem is quantitative and qualitative. The target population for the survey consisted of 324 rechearchers, selected from a stratified random sample of an initial universe of 906 UFSCar s teachers until July 2010. The instruments of data collection were the questionnaire online and scriptLattes computational tool used to collect the scientific production of the participants. The empirical data of the survey were categorized and analyzed under the lights of Sociology of Science and Information Science. Because this was an exploratory study, statistical analysis consisted of descriptive study with use of numerical tables and averages. Indicators of scientific production (2008-2010) were subjected to scientometric and bibliometric analysis. The research concludes with a set of results that demonstrate specific features of different areas of knowledge of UFSCar compared the patterns of scientific communication - in particular scientific events, and also highlights specific features of the scientific modes of knowledge production "academic" and "post-academic science".