Museums for science education: can we make the difference? The case of the EST

June 1st, 2007 | RESEARCH

This paper addresses the role of museums in education in science and technology through the discussion of a specific project entitled EST "Educate in Science and Technology". The Project puts together methodologies and activities through which museums can be used as resources for long-term project work. In-service training for teachers, work in class with learning kits or with materials brought in by a science Van, and visits to the museum are planned and developed jointly by museum experts and teachers. The Project proposes a teaching and learning model which sees the museum experience as central and integral part of a teaching and learning process with more effective outcomes. The analysis of the Project activities and methodologies is based on the work carried out at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, which perceives the learner (the visitor) at the heart of its educational methodologies and provision.

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MARIA XANTHOUDAKI, Author, National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci
Patrizia Cerutti, Author, National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci
Sara Calcagnini, Author, National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci

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Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1824-2049

Publication: Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 6
Number: 2
Page(s): 1

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs