2021 Poster - All Are Welcome Here? Understanding Visitors' Sense of Belonging in Science and Natural History Museums

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Education and learning science | General STEM
Science Museum of Minnesota

This project aims to formally define what a sense of belonging means in the science & natural history museum context as a way to measure inclusivity efforts. We think that most of the experiences that make up a museum visit have a relatively neutral effect on visitor sense of belonging. However, visitors may experience moments that make them feel distinctly positive or negative, and these moments that matter may influence a visitor’s STEM engagement, interest, and/or identity.

This poster was presented at the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting.

Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 

Team Members

Marjorie BequetteMarjorie BequettePrincipal Investigator
Amy Grack NelsonCo-Principal Investigator

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