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  • Date: 07/23/2021
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    We used a combination of keyword- and human-coding-based strategies to identify and characterize the degree to which four key science communication journals have included research articles focused on the communication of basic science (N = 2,386). These journals included Public Understanding of Science , Science Communication , the Journal of ... »
  • Date: 06/17/2021
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    The assumptions, expectations, and potential for conducting a research synthesis (or any type of literature review) have evolved significantly in recent decades. With advancements in sophisticated and accessible analytical software, combined with the use of systematic protocols, reviews are increasingly generating results that can advance ... »
  • Date: 04/07/2021
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    This brief literature review was composed as a final project for a doctoral level class at the Learning Sciences Research Institute. In this, the background and subsequent issues of applying socio-cultural methods to educational research within museums is explored. ... »
  • Date: 10/16/2020
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    As an emerging field of theory, research, and practice, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) has received attention for its efforts to incorporate the arts into the rubric of STEM learning. In particular, many informal educators have embraced it as an inclusive and authentic approach to engaging young people with STEM. ... »
  • Date: 10/07/2020
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    With the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, children are often having or expressing worries and fears. Their caregivers -- parents and those who are providing direct care for children -- are seeking trusted sources of information to help them explain this disease and help ease children’s worries. This resource guide reflects some of the ... »
  • Date: 08/06/2020
    Resource Category: Blog Post
    A short literature review and personal essay on Massive Science about the history of colonialism and racism within informal science education's history in the United States. ... »
  • Date: 08/07/2019
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In order to work towards greater coherence across different training approaches supporting science communication and public engagement efforts, we present a preliminary framework that outlines foundational science communication skills. This framework categorizes different skills and their component parts and includes: identifying and aligning ... »
  • Date: 06/25/2019
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    A short literature review in regards to museums, their role within society, and the rise of representation of STEM within them. Taken from my dissertation from the College of Education at University of Illinois at Chicago, defended in 2018. This is a brief paper that may be useful for professionals looking for additional thoughts on museums and ... »
  • Date: 06/15/2019
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    Integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects in pre-college settings is seen as critical in providing opportunities for children to develop knowledge, skills, and interests in these subjects and the associated critical thinking skills. More recently computational thinking (CT) has been called out as an equally ... »
  • Date: 01/02/2019
    Resource Category: Report
    Informal Science Education (ISE) and Science Communication (SciComm) are two overlapping but distinct fields that support engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a variety of settings. Though fluid boundaries and fuzzy definitions make a clear distinction between ISE and SciComm difficult, the two fields nevertheless ... »

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