The NRC and NSF frameworks for characterizing learning in informal settings: comparisons and possibilities for integration
Recent work in the informal science education (ISE) field has begun to systematically categorize aspects of learning in a variety of ways. Most notable are the “Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education” (Friedman, A. (Ed.), 2008, henceforth ‘NSF’) and “Learning Science in Informal Environments” (LSIE, National Research Council, 2009, henceforth ‘NRC’). Both frameworks have potential implications for assessment as well as project planning.