The AZA Framework for Zoo and Aquarium Social Science Research

Friday, January 1, 2010
Resource Type:
Research Agenda | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Aquarium and Zoo Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Conferences, Exhibitions, Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Evaluators
Education and learning science | Life science | Social science and psychology
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Institute for Learning Innovation, Disney's Animal Kingdom, San Antonio Zoological Association, Aquarium of the Pacific, Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, NC Aquariums
Description or Abstract: 

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Conservation Education Committee (CEC) supports the appropriate use of living animals in zoos and aquariums as an important and powerful educational tool to advance a conservation agenda. EC leaders and scholars see the need for a zoo and aquarium social science research framework to help those in the education and conservation communications field understand how they can contribute to a greater body of knowledge. This report represents the CEC’s determination to view zoo and aquarium social science research as a collective endeavor that values and represents a more holistic view of how free‐choice learning happens in and around AZA‐accredited institutions.

Team Members

John FraserAuthor
Jackie OgdenJackie OgdenAuthor
Allyson AtkinsAllyson AtkinsAuthor
Stacy McReynoldsStacy McReynoldsAuthor
Carrie ChenCarrie ChenAuthor
Vicki SearlesVicki SearlesAuthor
Peggy SloanPeggy SloanAuthor
Paul BoylePaul BoyleAuthor

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