Crafting Museum Experiences in Light of Research on Learning: Implications of the National Research Council’s Report on Informal Science Education

  • Shouse A
  • Lewenstein B
  • Feder M
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In this article, the editors of the recent National Research Council report Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits discuss the report’s implications formuseumprofessionals. The report is a synthesis of some 2,000 studies and evaluations of learning in non-school settings such as museums. Here we focus on three specific topics discussed in the full report, which we see as particularly important for museum professionals. These are: a framework for devel- oping and studying science learning experiences; cultural diversity as an integral resource for learning; and assessment of learning.Manymuseums include ‘‘learning’’ among their goals and many researchers concern themselves with how museums and other settings can be organized to support learning. Yet thiswealth of research is rarely brought into focus and offered as guidance to themuseumcommunity.

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  • Andrew Shouse

  • Bruce V. Lewenstein

  • Michael Feder

  • Philip Bell

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