Interest and Motivation in Informal Science Learning

Monday, January 1, 2007
Resource Type:
Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Public Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Exhibitions, Informal/Formal Connections
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Education and learning science | Social science and psychology
Swarthmore College

In this paper, research on interest and motivation is revisited in the context of informal science learning (ISL) settings such as museums, out-of school or after-school clubs or groups, science camps, and enrichment programs1. The ISL context differs from traditional school "cookbook" science in a number of critical ways: rather than emphasizing science information, it is designed to engage participants in inquiry-informed and free-choice opportunities to work with authentic science2. Productive participation in the ISL setting should enable the development of scientific literacy and scientific thinking (Lehrer & Schauble, 2006), although tracking and documenting such development is not simple (Falk & Storksdieck, 2005).

Team Members

K. Ann RenningerK. Ann RenningerAuthor

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