Science Education for Diversity and Informal Learning
Research regarding learning science in informal settings has expanded dramatically in the past 20 years. Studies have reported informal science learning in a variety of environments such as museums, science centers, zoos, and aquarium settings. The research literature is rich with detailed descriptions of learning as it occurs in informal contexts. Many conceptual frameworks are reported through which to view science learning along with conceptual frameworks to determine questions that can be explored. Research has reported results for individual, small group, large group, comprehensive, and generalized informal settings. This chapter reviews the research literature base for learning science in informal settings, provides examples of interesting research studies, and concludes with the impact of science education informal learning related to cultural and diversity issues.
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