Schools and Informal Science Settings: Collaborate, Co-Exist, or Assimilate?

July 1st, 2012 | RESEARCH

In this metalogue we build on the arguments presented by Puvirajah, Verma and Webb to discuss the nature of authentic science learning experiences in context of collaborations between schools and out-of-school time settings. We discuss the role of stakeholders in creating collaborative science learning practices and affordances of out of school time and formal science learning contexts. We contend that authentic science learning experiences are those where science learning happens within a social milieu and advocate for true collaborations between schools and informal settings in ways that emphasize the goals of the collaboration and strengths of each setting.


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Team Members

Jennifer Adams, Author, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Preeti Gupta, Author, The American Museum of Natural History
Amy DeFelice, Author, The Graduate Center, CUNY


Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.1007/s11422-012-9399-x
Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1871-1502

Publication: Cultural Studies of Science Education
Volume: 7
Number: 2
Page(s): 409

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Nature of science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Public Programs