Research in Science Education

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 121–128

Learning to learn in informal science settings

  • Janette Griffin

DOI: 10.1007/BF02356336

Cite this article as:
Griffin, J. Research in Science Education (1994) 24: 121. doi:10.1007/BF02356336


Visits to museums and science centres are a part of most school science programs- but are they really learning experiences? By accompanying classes on visits and talking with the teachers and students during and after these visits, information has been gathered on the ways in which school groups currently use visits to two informal science learning settings in Sydney- a science education centre and a large museum. Comparison of the teacher and student behaviours on these visits with current views on good teaching/learning practice, reveals considerable anomalies. At the same time, reported studies of museum visitors suggest that family groups use museums for learning in ways which are quite different from the way most school groups do. Can these apparent mismatches be translated into a pathway for developing new approaches to learning in informal settings?

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© Australasian Science Education Research Association 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janette Griffin
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  1. 1.Science and Technology EducationUniversity of TechnologySydney