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  • Date: 05/01/2005
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    The following document summarizes results from a literature review conducted in Fall 2004 to inform the development of a nationwide research project that will explore universal access to the learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in museums. Through this project, the Museum of Science, with four collaborating ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2005
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    Museums are places where visitors of all abilities and disabilities are invited to learn. This diversity offers a unique challenge how can museums ensure that everyone can benefit from the learning experience? Universal design, which is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Esthy Berzner, director of educational operations at Israel's Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem, explains how university programs support science education and promotion throughout Israel. Berzner discusses how the university community developed and funded the creation of three science museums to promote inquiry-based, hands-on ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Greg Andorfer, consultant and head of Stardust Visual and former executive director and CEO of the Maryland Science Center (MSC), reflects on his experience in the field to analyze the role of government advocacy in financing science center projects. Andorter explains how the relationship between community institutions and ... »
  • Date: 04/01/2005
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This monograph, the final report of the 21st Century Literacy Summit held in April 2005, presents an action plan for this emerging field applicable to higher education, K-12 education, policy makers, media & the arts, and research, and details the strategic priorities and specific recommendations for these sectors that were the summit's major ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    Can an intimate, informal museum find happiness with an ivy-clad institution of higher learning? Yes, if the two share a passion for science communication. In this article, three small U.S. science centers describe how their talents and flexibility have won them long-term partnerships with academe. ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Dale McCreedy, director of the Department of Gender and Family Learning Programs at the Franklin Institute, discusses her research on the National Science Partnership for Girl Scout Councils and Science Museums initiative, commonly known as NSP. McCreedy explains how informal institutions can engage and transform women's sense of ... »
  • Date: 09/21/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    The historian Marshall Berman wrote that living in modern times means "to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation [...] and, at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know". ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Cheryl Kessler, a research associate for Learning Innovation, and Carolyn Sutterfield, ASTC's editor, discusses the benefits and challenges of service-learning volunteers from community colleges at museums and science centers. Kessler draws on experience at the Arizona Science Center and their collaboration with the local Maricopa ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2005
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Judy Koke, former manager of visitor studies and evaluation at Colorado's Denver Museum of Nature & Science and now assistant director of the Colorado University Museum of Natural History, discusses her research into girls' attitudes towards science careers and science centers. Koke explains how her findings are particularly ... »

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