Asian Journal of Paleopathology Vol.6, 33–36, 2024
投稿日:2024 年5 月9 日
受理日:2024 年 5 月14 日
DOI: 10.32247/ajp2024.6.06

エディトリアル Editorial

Practice and future direction of an outreach activity in Japanese anthropology

Tomohito Nagaoka



 An outreach activity in Japanese anthropology has been mainly performed by the Promotion Committee of Anthropology, the Anthropological Society of Nippon. A special issue, “Practice and future direction of an outreach activity in Japanese anthropology”, was contributed to by their researchers that have played an important role in the development of the outreach activity. Science communication is defined as the activity that connects experts and non-experts about scientific knowledge, methods, processes, and practices. The outreach activity in Japanese anthropology aims to overcome the declining interest in natural sciences in high school students through the high school and university cooperation. This activity has employed the information deficit model in the studies of science communication that theorized that public scientific literacy could be improved with enlightenment campaign. Although anthropologists have emphasized scientific technologies which could yield new findings, they are not interested in how these technologies are related to societal issues. The purposes of this study are to review historical backgrounds in the studies of science communication and to extract problems in this activity.

Key words: Science communication, outreach activity, anthropology