Organizational Approaches to Systemic DEAI Change in the Informal Science Education Field

Date: 
Friday, July 23, 2021
Resource Type:
Research Case Study | Research | Research Products | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Interview Protocol | Observation Protocol
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Asian Communities
Black/African American Communities
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
Indigenous and Tribal Communities
Pacific Islander Communities
Immigrant Communities
Women and Girls
LGBTQIA
People with Disabilities
English Language Learners
Low Socioeconomic Status
Organization:
Science Museum of Minnesota
Description: 

Framing: Broadening participation and achieving equitable outcomes has been a core goal of the science museum field for over two decades. However, how to make progress has proven an intractable problem.

Methods: Focusing on five organizations who officially committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) by participating in a national professional development program, the researchers investigate how science museums attempt to enact internally-focused change via a mixed methods case study.

Findings: While these organizations considered a variety of structurally focused change possibilities, the reality of tensions involving power hierarchies, organizational history, and dominant culture workplace norms resulted in change attempts that were limited in scope and constrained impact on museum staff.

Conclusions: These findings reaffirm the need for visions of systemic change in order for DEAI organizational change efforts to take root and flourish. Limitations and needs for future research are discussed.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1612640
Document:

Team Members

Megan GoekeAuthor
Choua HerChoua HerAuthor

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