National Living Lab Broad Implementation, Year 1: Creating Communities of Learners for Informal Cognitive Science Education Formative Evaluation Report

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Formative | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Survey | Interview Protocol | Observation Protocol | Evaluation Reports
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Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks
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Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
Museum of Science, Museum of Science, Boston

Living Laboratory® (developed at the Museum of Science, Boston in 2005) is a new model for partnerships between museums and cognitive scientists, bringing cognitive scientists to museums, where they conduct active research studies with museum visitors as their subjects. In 2011, the Museum of Science began scaling up Living Laboratory to create a National Living Lab network. In Year 1, the program expanded to three new Hub sites: Madison Children’s Museum, Maryland Science Center, and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This report summarizes all formative evaluation from Year 1 of the program. The appendix includes observation and interview protocols as well as surveys.

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Team Members

Catherine LussenhopCatherine LussenhopEvaluator
Clara CahillEvaluator
Becki KiplingPrincipal Investigator

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