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  • Date: 07/14/2016
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    With support from the National Science Foundation’s Science Learning+ initiative, Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), in St. Paul, MN, in collaboration with a team of researchers in the US and the UK organized a workshop with the title Affinity Spaces for Informal Science Learning: Developing a Research Agenda. Our goal was to develop and refine ... »
  • Date: 06/21/2016
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    The purpose of this paper is to address the similarities and differences between science journalism and science communication . The ideas presented here are equally valid for print, television or multimedia platforms. The paper proceeds from the assumption that before investigating how science appears in the media it is important to first examine ... »
  • Date: 04/01/2016
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    Given the importance of learning to economic and life success, this review seeks to broaden the conception of learning beyond traditional formal education. Learning occurs every day in many ways and in a range of settings. This broad scope of learning--termed "informal learning"--is increasingly important in the rapidly changing knowledge economy ... »
  • Date: 03/06/2016
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    Research on mathematical reasoning and learning has long been a central part of the classroom and formal education literature (e.g., National Research Council, 2001, 2005). However, much less attention has been paid to how children and adults engage with and learn about math outside of school, including everyday settings and designed informal ... »
  • Date: 08/01/2015
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    This bibliography was created for the 2015 Public Libraries & STEM Conference in Denver, CO. It lists resources related to STEM learning in a library setting. ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2015
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Today educational activities take place not only in school but also in after-school programs, community centers, museums, and online communities and forums. The success and expansion of these out-of-school initiatives depends on our ability to document and assess what works and what doesn’t in informal learning, but learning outcomes in these ... »
  • Date: 05/24/2013
    Resource Category: Summative
    A research study was conducted to help inform UC Davis's Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) about the greater Lake Tahoe area community's perceived value of the center and two 3D visualizations included as part of their guided tour of the center. Research questions focused on how various local groups perceived the center, how TERC can ... »
  • Date: 03/04/2013
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    This is an extensive international bibliography of zoo-based visitor studies and exhibit evaluations, which includes more than 6,000 references. ... »
  • 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: 12/21/2005
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    Few research studies have been conducted on the interpreter’s role in a Science Centre. Although the importance of this role is always stressed by museum practitioners, it seems that anecdotal evidence is the main source of information on this theme. The experience of a visitor in a Science Centre as well as in other museums has, among other ... »