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The impacts of an invasive species citizen science training program on participant attitudes, behavior, and science literacy
"Citizen science can make major contributions to informal science education by targeting participants’ attitudes and knowledge about science while changing human behavior towards the environment. We examined how training associated with an invasive species citizen science program affected participants in these areas. We found no changes in science literacy or overall attitudes between tests administered just before and after a one-day training program, matching results from other studies. However, we found improvements in science literacy and knowledge using context-specific measures and in self-reported intention to engage in pro-environmental activities. While we noted modest change in knowledge and attitudes, we found comparison and interpretation of these data difficult in the absence of other studies using similar measures. We suggest that alternative survey instruments are needed and should be calibrated appropriately to the pre-existing attitudes, behavior, and levels of knowledge in these relatively sophisticated target groups."
sts  citizen-science  public-understanding  science  education  informal  learning  surveys 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Outage after Marathon Bombings Prompts Emergency Network Proposal | MIT Technology Review
"When professional responders are performing their vital jobs but others cannot easily communicate, these approaches can empower citizens, not-for-profits, and companies, helping them communicate and possibly provide other necessary assistance. In this mutual aid configuration, the more people affected, the more possibilities there are for those people to contribute resources, helping create a disruption-tolerant, delay-tolerant network—a form of scaling that is impractical for the traditional model."
disaster  communication  crisis  community  informal  emergency 
june 2013 by tsuomela
How to Earn Your Skeptic “Badge”
"As someone who helped to build up the current field of Digital Media and Learning, I am concerned that, if badges start to feel too much like a “party line,” many are going to feel excluded from the field. This has the potential to be the first major divide in a field which many of us see as our intellectual and spiritual home. We remain silent because we do not want to disrupt the party and because we respect the leadership of the DML initiative so much, but there is much that is at risk in that silence."
badges  gamification  learning  gaming  informal  rewards  awards 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) » Many Experts, Many Audiences: Public Engagement with Science
"Is nanotechnology safe? How should we respond to the possibility of catastrophic global climate change? Faced with profound personal and societal questions like these, we need the best scientific knowledge available. We also need opportunities for scientists, decision makers, and the public to exchange knowledge and perspectives “in a way that fosters responsible and appropriate scientific knowledge production and decision making"--and the informal science education sector is well positioned to help. That's the conclusion of a CAISE Inquiry Group that over the past year has been studying public engagement with science in informal media like television, museums, and science cafes."
science  engagement  public-understanding  understanding  public  experts  education  informal 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Association of Science - Technology Centers
"The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals."
professional-association  museum  museology  science  informal  education  outreach 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) » Home
"Informal science education supports people of all ages and walks of life in exploring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics."
science  informal  education  learning  citizen-science  participation 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Museum Materialities: Objects, Engagements, Interpretations (Paperback) - Routledge
"This is an innovative interdisciplinary book about objects and people within museums and galleries. It addresses fundamental issues of human sensory, emotional and aesthetic experience of objects. The chapters explore ways and contexts in which things and people mutually interact, and raise questions about how objects carry meaning and feeling, the distinctions between objects and persons, particular qualities of the museum as context for person-object engagements, and the active and embodied role of the museum visitor. "
book  publisher  museology  museum  objects  materiality  education  informal  learning 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments
Practitioners in informal science settings--museums, after-school programs, science and technology centers, media enterprises, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens--are interested in finding out what learning looks like, how to measure it, and what they can do to ensure that people of all ages, from different backgrounds and cultures, have a positive learning experience.

Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments, is designed to make that task easier. Based on the National Research Council study, Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits, this book is a tool that provides case studies, illustrative examples, and probing questions for practitioners. In short, this book makes valuable research accessible to those working in informal science: educators, museum professionals, university faculty, youth leaders, media specialists, publishers, broadcast journalists, and many others.
science  education  museum  pedagogy  informal  learning  individual  book  publisher 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Learning for the 21st Century — Informal Learning Blog
We are moving from a supply to a demand side view of learning. "Learnscapes are the platforms where knowledge workers collaborate, solve problems, converse, share ideas, brainstorm, learn, explain, communicate, conceptualise, tell stories, help one another, teach, serve customers, keep up to date, forge partnerships, build communities, and distribute information. Learnscapes define where and how modern work is performed. Training programs are events
education  future  informal  learning  business  training 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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