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  • Date: 12/31/2020
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    This article describes a collaborative research project designed to learn about teacher identity in relation to teacher learning experiences that centered informal science education places and approaches. This article is relevant for people who do research on teacher learning, design teacher learning experiences, especially in informal science ... »
  • Date: 12/15/2020
    Resource Category!: Summative
    PLUM LANDING a digital media PBS Kids series that is designed to motivate six- to nine-year-old children to investigate the natural world. Content developers from WGBH Boston and researchers from the Education Development Center (EDC) used an iterative research and design process to create the Plum Landing Explore Outdoors Toolkit. The Toolkit ... »
  • Date: 12/15/2020
    Resource Category!: Summative
    PLUM LANDING a digital media PBS Kids series that is designed to motivate six- to nine-year-old children to investigate the natural world. Content developers from WGBH Boston and researchers from the Education Development Center (EDC) used an iterative research and design process to create the Plum Landing Explore Outdoors Toolkit. The Toolkit ... »
  • Date: 12/09/2020
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    Informal learning institutions, such as museums, science centers, and community-based organizations, play a critical role in providing opportunities for students to engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities during out-of-school time hours. In recent years, thousands of studies, evaluations, and conference ... »
  • Date: 11/17/2020
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    The Equity Compass helps to identify how and why particular examples of practice may be more or less equitable. By mapping your practice, the compass can help support planning for improvements in equitable practice. By attending to each of the segments, the Equity Compass helps practitioners to identify ways to support young people’s critical STEM ... »
  • Date: 11/01/2020
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    In November 2020, President-elect Joe Biden identified four priority areas for the incoming administration: COVID-19; climate change, economic recovery, and racial equity. These crucial areas of national interest will be the focus of media attention, policy debates, funding initiatives, and community discussions over the next four years. Will ... »
  • Date: 10/16/2020
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    As an emerging field of theory, research, and practice, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) has received attention for its efforts to incorporate the arts into the rubric of STEM learning. In particular, many informal educators have embraced it as an inclusive and authentic approach to engaging young people with STEM. ... »
  • Date: 10/09/2020
    Resource Category!: Peer-reviewed article
    Informal learning institutions (ILIs) create opportunities to increase public understanding of science and promote increased inclusion of groups underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers but are not equally distributed across the United States. We explore geographic gaps in the ILI landscape and identify three ... »
  • Date: 09/03/2020
    Resource Category!: Webinar
    As part of an NSF-funded project, Guidelines for Designing Challenging and Rewarding Interactive Science Exhibits (DRL-1612577), the Museum of Science, Boston, CAST, EdTogether, and the University of Rochester held a four-part webinar series on “productive struggle,” a mixed emotional experience during which learners persist through negative ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2020
    Resource Category!: Project Descriptions
    This Pilot and Feasibility project will investigate: a) the kinds of learning outcomes that occur in an informal STEM project utilizing a Critical Environmental Justice-informed Participatory Action Research framework, co-created between researchers and homeless communities, and b) the challenges and opportunities that arise in evaluating such ... »

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