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  • Date: 05/27/2014
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The article provides information and suggestions for coordinating a Family Science Day, an informal science event for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Suggestions include integrating art into STEM experiments to create STEAM projects, securing content experts for the event, and creating a manageable timeline. ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2014
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The article discusses a study conducted by the University of Waterloo, reported by researcher Daniela O'Neill, regarding the acquisition of knowledge by children concerning animals when a picture book is read aloud. Topics include a comparison of picture books and vocabulary books, the use of generic language used by mothers when reading aloud, ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2012
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    While the opportunity to engage in scientific reasoning has been identified as an important aspect of informal science learning (National Research Council, 2009), most studies have examined this strand of science learning within the context of physics-based science exhibits. Few have examined the presence of such activity in conjunction with live ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, we use two studies conducted in art museum settings as a means to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges for the field of informal art education. The first study explores artmaking processes that take place in a children’s museum, highlighting the need to consider the social nature of learning in informal environments. ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In Continuous Education curricula in Spain, the programs on sciences of the environment are aimed toward understandings of sustainability. Teaching practice rarely leaves the classroom for outdoor field studies. At the same time, teaching practice is generally focused on examples of how human activities are harmful for ecosystems. From a pedagogic ... »
  • Date: 07/02/2010
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    The author discusses a visit that he and his daughter paid to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was disappointed by the dinosaur exhibit. ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2010
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, we examine the interactional ways that families make meaning from biological exhibits during a visit to an interactive science center. To understand the museum visits from the perspectives of the families, we use ethnographic and discourse analytic methods, including pre- and postvisit interviews, videotaped observations of the ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2008
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The story from the museum may not be read by visitors, who come with their own knowledge and understanding and read a different story in the animals. The visitors read a story which makes sense to them and builds on what they already know and interests them. Increasingly, robotics models are being used in natural history museums, science centers, ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2007
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    To investigate how parents support children's learning at an exhibit on evolution, the conversations of 12 families were recorded, transcribed, and coded (6,263 utterances). Children (mean age 9.6 years) and parents visited Explore Evolution, which conveyed current research about the evolution of seven organisms. Families were engaged with the ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The article discusses a program to make Latino parents feel more welcome to bring their children and families to a natural history museum. The participating institution created a number of learning materials designed to make the families feel more welcome at the museum. The study relied primarily on questionnaires given at various stages of the ... »