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ERIC Number: EJ913395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Broadening Views of Learning: Developing Educators for the 21st Century through an International Research Partnership at the Exploratorium and King's College London
Bevan, Bronwyn; Dillon, Justin
New Educator, v6 n3-4 p167-180 2010
This article describes efforts to develop educators, in both formal and informal settings, who possess theories of teaching and learning that not only encompass but, perhaps, depend on bridging institutional and contextual boundaries. It describes the experiences of The Exploratorium, a museum in San Francisco, King's College London, and the University of California Santa Cruz, in a National Science Foundation-funded project. The article begins with a discussion of the growing interest that science education decision makers and policymakers show in bridging formal and informal settings and resources to make learning in K-12 science more engaging, authentic, and conceptually rich. It then describes how CILS designed programs and partnerships to support the development of educators to have not only expanded views of learning, but also experience and facility with designing and leading programs that draw on features and affordances of both formal and informal science settings. The authors close with a discussion of the types of evidence and understanding that are required to expand and sustain educational partnerships that span formal and informal boundaries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London); United States