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  • Date: 12/20/2009
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    There is broad consensus in the international scientific community that the world is facing a biodiversity crisis — the accelerated loss of life on Earth brought about by human activity. Threats to biodiversity have been variously classified by different authors (Diamond 1989, Laverty and Sterling 2004, Brook et al. 2008), but typically include ... »
  • Date: 12/12/2009
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today's teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networks sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that investigates the intricate dynamics of youth's social and recreational use of ... »
  • Date: 11/04/2009
    Resource Category: Formative
    The Dallas Museum of Art's (DMA) Teaching Programs staff desires to learn more about the student experience occurring in the galleries during one-hour docent-guided tours. The focus of the present implementation evaluation is on the docents' role in facilitating the student experience. Before developing a summative study focused on the impact of ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2009
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Lynn Luckow, president and CEO of Craigslist Foundation, explains why science museum leadership should practice "continuity and change." Lucklow addresses the importance of engaging in continuous growth, while maintaining the institution's values and identity. ... »
  • Date: 10/31/2009
    Resource Category: Summative
    Summative evaluation of four programs created by the NISE Network. The survey instrument used in this study is included in the appendix of this report. ... »
  • Date: 10/15/2009
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    From April 19 to June 15, 2009, volunteers had the opportunity to provide feedback on their volunteer experience and offer suggestions for improvement. The survey was initially only available as a web-based survey. Volunteers with email accounts were sent a link to the survey. Those volunteers without an email address were asked to contact ... »
  • Date: 10/15/2009
    Resource Category: Front-End
    In order to better understand how visitors to science and natural history museums connect to ideas around Indigenous knowledge and Western science, the Cosmic Serpent evaluation team (Institute for Learning Innovation and Native Pathways) conducted front-end audience research focused on audience perceptions and attitudes towards Indigenous ways of ... »
  • Date: 10/13/2009
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    A number of investigators have argued that emotion plays an important role in free-choice learning in settings such as museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums, particularly given the relationship between emotion and cognition. Despite considerable research on the cognitive aspects of visits, empirical studies on emotion in such settings are ... »
  • Date: 10/13/2009
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    One way to ensure that an evaluation has "utility" is to use a participatory evaluation approach where the evaluator partners with primary users to carry out various phases of an evaluation. This article provides a case study of how participatory evaluation was used in an out-of-school youth development and employment program at the Science Museum ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2009
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    The NISE Net Public Impacts Summative Evaluation focuses on measuring the public outcomes and impacts of NISE Net activities. The design of the evaluation studies is driven by a program theory model that maps the pathways NISE Net has developed for delivering nanoscale science, engineering and technology (NSET) programs and exhibits to the public ... »