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  • Making+Learning in Museums and Libraries: A Practitioner's Guide and Framework
    Date: 06/26/2017
    Resource Category: Report
    This report introduces a framework to support learning in library and museum makerspaces. The framework demonstrates how we can create the conditions for ambitious learning experiences to unfold within the making experience. ... »
  • Facilitation Research for Engineering Design Education
    Date: 12/01/2015
    Resource Category: Report
    This IMLS-funded study sought to examine the impact of educator-facilitation on engineering attitudes and self-efficacy of children in Design Challenges activities. Using a quasi-experimental design with statistically comparable pre- and post-experience groups, researchers collected observation, interview, and survey data to address the following ... »
  • Room to Rise: The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs in Art Museums
    Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category: Book
    Explore findings from a groundbreaking research and evaluation initiative investigating the long-term impacts of museum programs for teens. Drawing on reflections and input from hundreds of program alumni across the United States, this study documents powerful effects on participants, including lasting engagement with arts and culture, significant ... »
  • Learning Value of Children's Museums Research Network
    Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    With funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Association of Children’s Museums and the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program are leading a two phased project focused on developing a collective, evidence-based body of knowledge in order to better define the learning value of children’s museums. The first ... »
  • Bubbler @ Madison Public Libraries: A system-wide approach to learning through making
    Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Projects
    This University of Wisconsin System will conduct research to understand how the Madison Public Library (MPL) is building a production-oriented approach to literacy and learning through their maker-focused program, the Bubbler. On a national level, this project speaks to educational research communities, professionals, members of informal learning ... »
  • Seeing as a Scientist
    Date: 08/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Natural History museums have identified a need to transform their traditional spaces into vital forces for science education. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will implement “Seeing as a Scientist,” a design-based research initiative to develop and test gallery interventions that have the potential to increase scientific observation ... »
  • Investigating the Information-Creating Behavior of Teens During Project-Based STEM Learning in a School Library
    Date: 06/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The University of Oklahoma will increase knowledge about how youths create information and how information professionals can help them become successful information creators by promoting their information and digital literacies and other 21st century skills. This Early Career research project builds on existing research and results of previously ... »