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  • Date: 12/06/2009
    Resource Category: Formative
    Fifty visitors to SMM were recruited on the exhibit floor of the museum and asked to view the first draft of a seven-minute movie being developed for the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Visitors were brought into a small room, sat down and viewed the movie on a computer laptop. After watching the movie, visitors were asked a series of questions to ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2009
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    NESCent’s Education & Outreach efforts are designed and developed to improve evolution education and public understanding of evolutionary science, expand opportunities for underrepresented groups, and contribute to professional development of tomorrow’s evolutionary biologists. Our programs and initiatives serve a diverse array of audiences ( ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2009
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Internet Community of Design Engineers (iCODE) program, which took an innovative approach to structuring self-directed learning –– using a collaborative on-line environment to facilitate hands-on activities, was a three year program led by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Machine Science Inc., Cambridge. The overall objective of this ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2009
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    KQED's QUEST is a multi-year, multiple-media project seeking to influence the Bay Area's discussions about and activities related to science, the environment, and nature, with a particularly local focus. Rockman et al (REA), a San Francisco-based research and evaluation organization, conducted an evaluation of QUEST programming and activities over ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2009
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this study, the instructional effectiveness of the planetarium in astronomy education was explored through a meta-analysis of 19 studies. This analysis resulted in a heterogeneous distribution of 24 effect sizes with a mean of +0.28, p ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2009
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    This newsletter issue focuses on natural history dioramas. Articles describe children's responses to dioramas, biological interest development in natural history dioramas, and inquiry at natural history dioramas. ... »
  • Date: 11/30/2009
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    To evaluate the reasons for students in abandoning the science, engineering, and medical (SEM) pipeline while others choosing to continue. The influence of family and teachers on students’ goals in science, activities, and science identity is considered. ... »
  • Date: 11/25/2009
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    The value of dioramas has been hotly debated within many institutions. Are they still relevant as museum exhibitions? Can they deeply engage a diverse public in this digital age? Some museum professionals regard dioramas as “boring” and “static,” while visitors have called them “creepy” displays of “dead animals.” Yet many more professionals and ... »
  • Date: 11/18/2009
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Comics are a popular art form especially among children and as such provide a potential medium for science education and communication. In an attempt to present science comics in a museum exhibit I found many science themed comics and graphic books. Here I attempt to provide an overview of already available comics that communicate science, the ... »
  • Date: 11/04/2009
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This report presents findings from a national exploratory study on professional knowledge and attitudes surrounding science identity as an applicable theory for understanding experiences in informal science education (ISE) environments. The study was distributed by email to 2,500 names on the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education ( ... »