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Title:Experiencing science in informal learning environments: Tales from the field
Author(s):Subramaniam, Mega; Ahn, June; Alemanne, Nicole D.; Eisenberg, Michael B.; Fullerton, Sean; Kazmer, Michelle M.; Mardis, Marcia
Subject(s):informal learning
participatory culture
science learning
digital media
Abstract:Informal learning environments such as libraries and museums can play a vital role in attracting youth and children to science learning. Libraries and museums offer potential opportunities for children and youth to explore science in creative ways that are freed from the formal identities and stigmas attached to the academic classroom, by engaging in technology, media, information and pedagogy that is appealing to them. Research on the potential of these information institutions is currently still in its infancy, and a handful of researchers in the information field are exploring such opportunities. Information institutions can offer several unique benefits to science learning -- engaging young people in inquiry, which includes vital information literacy skills, providing access to diverse resources and materials, connecting to young people's personal interests, and making science relevant to their lives. In this event, we will share stories from innovative research that highlight how information institutions offer the above-mentioned benefits to science learning.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Subramaniam, M., Ahn, J., Alemanne, N., Eisenberg, M., Fullerton, S., Kazmer, M., & Mardis, M. (2013). Experiencing science in informal learning environments: Tales from the field. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 1037-1038). doi:10.9776/13342
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:"Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors."
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-04

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