Rethinking the roles of informal science environments and classroom teaching
by Stephanie Chasteen, Science Teaching Fellow at University of Colorado, Boulder on Mar 07, 2012
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An invited talk by Jim Kisiel of California State University Long Beach at AAPT 2012 Ontario....
An invited talk by Jim Kisiel of California State University Long Beach at AAPT 2012 Ontario.
Where do we really learn science? As concerns build regarding the chal- lenges of effective science teaching in the formal, K-12 learning environ- ment, we find increased attention drawn to a larger view of science learn- ing, learning that spans setting and time. A growing body of research is helping us to understand how people come to understand science outside of school settings, suggesting a more complex and more fluid sense of sci- ence learning. For this session, we?ll explore a broader conception of what it means to learn science in informal science environments (museums, parks, science centers, aquariums) as well as the challenges of leveraging such environments and institutional resources to support learning across both informal and formal learning contexts. Research related to teacher use of informal learning settings will set the stage for a variety of strategies for improving teachers? use of informal science learning institutions and other community sites.
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