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  • Date: 04/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    This report presents findings from a joint study carried out by the Museum of Science, Boston Research and Evaluation Department (MOS) and Art Beyond Sight (ABS, formerly Art Education for the Blind) with museum visitors who are blind or have low vision. The purpose of this study was to gather information that can inform the development of pilot ... »
  • Date: 08/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    This paper describes a study designed to investigate whether fiction can help students to develop their opinions on socio-scientific issues. The findings suggest that fictional accounts can be effective, but the study did not investigate the quality of the reasoning underlying the opinions, nor their longevity. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    The Art of Science Learning conference generated a list of arts-based or arts-inspired science teaching strategies, including songwriting, architecture, theatrical pieces, and data visualization. ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Evaluation Reports
    Choreographed by Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange, The Matter of Origins is a contemporary dance exploring historical perspectives and cutting edge physics about our beginnings. In Act One, audience members watch as science concepts are translated into images, music, and dance. Dancers portray ideas such as the complexity of measurement, the ways ... »
  • Date: 08/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    The authors of this study argue that it is a mistake to ignore non-serious talk, jokes, and other aspects of speaking that may be considered “off-topic” and therefore irrelevant to science learning. Instead, laughter plays an important role in mediating classroom (and laboratory and shop) processes and the learning that emerges, which is the focus ... »
  • Date: 03/16/2011
    Resource Category!: Mass Media Article
    There is a movement afoot to turn the acronym STEM—which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into STEAM by adding the arts. Science educators have finally begun to realize that the skills required by innovative STEM professionals include arts and crafts thinking. Visual thinking; recognizing and forming patterns; modeling ... »
  • Date: 08/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    Dorion’s research, exploring the use of drama in science teaching, puts forth the concept of mime and role-play to help students to explore abstract scientific models. In addition, drama may support visualization of complex models. Drama can also change the dynamics within classroom talk and support a sense of community amongst students fostered ... »
  • Date: 08/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    In this paper, the authors advocate the use of narrative (fictional written text) as a way of making science meaningful and accessible. They note that conventional scientific language can be off-putting to learners, but that content delivered through a story or narrative format can be more familiar and more memorable. This paper will be of ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2005
    Resource Category!: Reference Materials
    This research study reports on the evaluation of the outcome and impact of learning as a result of the implementation of Education Programme Delivery Plans in 69 museums in the nine regional museum hubs in England during September, October and November 2005. This is the second study of the impact of learning achieved through museum school services ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2011
    Resource Category!: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    This report describes the findings of an evaluation of the K-5 school tour program at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. These school tours observed in this study are based in the methods of the educational model of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), but take place during hour-long tours in the galleries, rather than repeatedly over longer ... »

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