The Informal Science Education Landscape: A Preliminary Investigation

January 1st, 2008 | RESEARCH

This research study was designed to explore and document the current “landscape” of the informal science education community. The authors outline the theoretical framework used to approach their research, research goals and design, methods, results, and conclusions and recommendations. Based on the authors' preliminary and exploratory investigation, they argue that currently the ISE community does not function as an effective community of practice. However, many of the pieces that are necessary for ISE to become a true community of practice are currently in place. The report raises the question of why these practices are currently not happening, what has prevented ISE from spontaneously becoming an effective community of practice. The answer to this question has important strategic implications.



Team Members

John H Falk, Author, Oregon State University
Scott Randol, Author, Oregon State University
Lynn Dierking, Author, Oregon State University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1212803
Funding Amount: 1182597

Related URLs

Informal Science Education Resource Center (ISERC)


Audience: Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Resource Centers and Networks