Arts-Based Learning in Informal Science Education

November 1st, 2010 - October 31st, 2012 | PROJECT

The Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre (doing business as the Learning World Institute), in collaboration with informal science education venues, universities, and corporations in Chicago, San Diego, and Washington, D.C., is organizing a set of three professional conferences and a web site to encourage stronger national and local communities of practice around the application of arts-based learning (ABL) to informal science education. Arts-based learning is the instrumental use of artistic skills, processes, and experiences to foster learning in non-artistic disciplines. The goal is to apply ABL to informal science education in ways that can foster the acquisition of STEM skills that are important in today's workforce. The set of conferences, with a total attendance of 750, will focus on an understanding of current and potential ABL applications to workforce skill development, opportunities to practice ABL directly, and creation of a research agenda on the impact of ABL on science education. The web site (funded through other sources) will help conference attendees prepare for the workshops, provide opportunities for networking, aggregate resources, and host the research agenda.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

The Art of Science Learning (Arts-Based Learning in Informal Science Education) poster
Idea Harvesting Outcomes Report
The Impact of Arts-Based Innovation Training on the Creative Thinking Skills, Collaborative Behaviors and Innovation Outcomes of Adolescents and Adults

Team Members

Harvey Seifter, Principal Investigator, The Art of Science Learning


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: DRL
Award Number: 0943769
Funding Amount: 252956


Audience: Educators | Teachers | General Public | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Conferences | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Programs