Research and practice agenda
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).