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Youth Access & Equity in ISL: Developing a Research and Practice Agenda

January 1, 2015
This Science Learning+ project will develop a Youth Access & Equity Research & Practice Agenda, focusing on addressing equity issues for youth, ages 11-14, primarily from non-dominant backgrounds. The project will involve researchers and practitioners from three ISL settings/contexts, (1) Designed spaces, e.g., museums; (2) Community-based, e.g., afterschool clubs; and (3) Everyday science, e.g., science media. The goal of the agenda will be to advance scholarly understanding of equity issues in relation to these three contexts. Taking an ecological view of STEM learning as a sociocultural process of participation and transformation, the project will employ a Complex Adaptive System lens to document multiple pathways youth take (or not) within/across ISL settings over time, the impact these pathways have on learning and development, and their influence on ISL organizations themselves. These lenses will help us identify aspects of learning environments which shape youth access and development, and the value and impact of the equity ideas, tools and practices.


Wellcome Trust
Funding Program: SL+
Funding Amount: 70000


  • Louise Archer
    Principal Investigator
    King's College London
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    Co-Principal Investigator
    University College London
  • Janet Sumner
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Open University
  • Sarah Thomas
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Zoological Society of London
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    Co-Principal Investigator
    Oregon State University
  • 2014 11 19 Calabrese Barton Angela 2014
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Michigan State University
  • Melanie Washington
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Ruth Murray
    Co-Principal Investigator
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    American Museum of Natural History
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    Community Science Workshop Network
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  • Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
    Audience: Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Media and Technology | Broadcast Media | Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media | Public Programs | Afterschool Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Events and Festivals
    Access and Inclusion: Ethnic/Racial

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