Research and practice agenda

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Research Agenda | Research | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Broadcast Media, Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Aquarium and Zoo Programs
Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
Oregon State University, King's College London, University College London, Michigan State University

This Research & Practice Agenda is a synthesis of findings from the Youth Access & Equity in Informal Science Learning (ISL) partnership, a UK-US researcher-practitioner project, funded by the Science Learning+ Initiative. Activities included a survey administered in the UK and US with 134 ISL researchers and/or practitioners; workshops with 111 participants in both the UK and US; a literature review; and a joint UK/US workshop conducted in the UK. This set of activities generated a range of data, resources and raised questions, both research questions and questions of practice, which we have integrated into a research & practice agenda. The project focused on youth aged 11-14, primarily from under-represented and non-dominant communities. Participants were researchers and practitioners from ISL settings, including designed spaces (e.g. museums, zoos, science centres); community-based offerings (e.g. after school clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs) and everyday science spaces/experiences (e.g. media, at home).

Wellcome Trust
Funding Program: 
Science Learning +

Team Members

Louise ArcherLouise ArcherAuthor
Emily DawsonAuthor
Day GreenbergDay GreenbergAuthor
Amy SeakinsAmy SeakinsAuthor

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