Youth Access & Equity in ISL: Developing a Research and Practice Agenda

Thursday, January 1, 2015
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Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Broadcast Media, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Community Outreach Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Public Events and Festivals
Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals
Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
Access and Inclusion: 
King's College London, University College London, Open University, Zoological Society of London, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, STEMNET, At-Bristol, American Museum of Natural History, Community Science Workshop Network, KQED

This Science Learning+ project will develop a Youth Access & Equity Research & Practice Agenda, focusing on addressing equity issues for youth, ages 11-14, primarily from non-dominant backgrounds. The project will involve researchers and practitioners from three ISL settings/contexts, (1) Designed spaces, e.g., museums; (2) Community-based, e.g., afterschool clubs; and (3) Everyday science, e.g., science media. The goal of the agenda will be to advance scholarly understanding of equity issues in relation to these three contexts. Taking an ecological view of STEM learning as a sociocultural process of participation and transformation, the project will employ a Complex Adaptive System lens to document multiple pathways youth take (or not) within/across ISL settings over time, the impact these pathways have on learning and development, and their influence on ISL organizations themselves. These lenses will help us identify aspects of learning environments which shape youth access and development, and the value and impact of the equity ideas, tools and practices.

Wellcome Trust
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Team Members

Louise ArcherLouise ArcherPrincipal Investigator
Emily DawsonCo-Principal Investigator
Janet SumnerJanet SumnerCo-Principal Investigator
Sarah ThomasSarah ThomasCo-Principal Investigator
Lynn DierkingCo-Principal Investigator
Angela Calabrese BartonCo-Principal Investigator
Melanie WashingtonMelanie WashingtonCo-Principal Investigator
Ruth MurrayRuth MurrayCo-Principal Investigator
Jim ShortContributor
Emilyn GreenContributor
Sue Ellen McCannContributor

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