Building Supports Memo Report: Takeaways from the Transference Panel

October 3rd, 2023 | RESEARCH

A panel to explore the transferability of the Framework and the underlying research from the DACUM Competency Profiles across types of informal science institutions was held at COSI on March 20-21, 2023. Participants were recruited from eleven different informal science organizations in central Ohio to represent a range of different types of informal science learning organizations and different amounts of time in the informal science learning field. All participants were active in the field at the time of the panel; their collective experience reflected time working in a wide range of types of institutions. Panelists also represented a broad range of departments and organizational levels in their current and former positions. The two-day panel used structured activities to reverse engineer the competencies in the Framework, link them back to the Competency Profiles from the DACUM, and then reverse engineer the profiles across positions and tenure. Components of the panel activities were grounded in the DACUM process, the verification study findings, the research and evaluation studies and notes from discussions  during the development of the Framework.

This memo report shares findings from the sessions including general responses to the Framework and reaction to the specific Framework domains.  To conclude, the report looks ahead to how these findings will inform future work on the project.


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Team Members

, COSI Center for Research and Evaluation
Joe E. Heimlich, Co-Principal Investigator, COSI Center for Research and Evaluation
Donnelley (Dolly) Hayde, Co-Principal Investigator, COSI Center for Research and Evaluaton
Laura Weiss, Contributor, COSI Center for Research and Evaluation


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 2215274
Funding Amount: $1,530,520.00

Related URLs

Building Supports Towards a Useful, Usable, and In-Use Framework of Professional Competencies in the Informal STEM Learning Field


Audience: Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report | Research | Research Products
Environment Type: Professional Development and Workshops