The Role of Media in Supporting Free-Choice Science Learning

September 15th, 2007 - August 31st, 2010 | PROJECT

Building upon extensive prior work, the Institute of Learning Innovation is developing and implementing a conference to bring together media professionals, researchers, and policymakers that work in ISE to reflect upon recent research and develop frameworks for future practice and evaluation. Various media-related groups (print, broadcast, electronic gaming, etc,) usually have professional conferences in isolation from each other with little sharing of information and research findings. Despite the rapid blurring of boundaries between various media types in the marketplace, researchers and practitioners remain within traditional silos. This conference will bring together 80 media practitioners and researchers for a two-day national conference in order to consolidate and synthesize the research-based theories presented in a pre-conference publication. A series of 3 post-web conferences will build on the momentum generated during the initial conference and generate broader participation within the science learning media community. Rockman et al will evaluate the conference and post conference web community.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

The Role of Media in Supporting Informal Science Learning Conference & Website Evaluation Report

Team Members

Beverly Sheppard, Principal Investigator, Institute for Learning Innovation
John H Falk, Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Learning Innovation Incorporated


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0636124
Funding Amount: 296675


Audience: Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Conferences | Media and Technology | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media