ERIC Number: EJ945048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Informal Science Education: A Practicum for Graduate Students
Crone, Wendy C.; Dunwoody, Sharon L.; Rediske, Raelyn K.; Ackerman, Steven A.; Zenner Petersen, Greta M.; Yaros, Ronald A.
Innovative Higher Education, v36 n5 p291-304 Nov 2011
We present results from a course, "Informal Science Education for Scientists: A Practicum," co-taught to graduate students in STEM-related fields by a scientist/engineer and a social scientist/humanist. This course provides a structured framework and experiential learning about informal science education during a semester-long experience. The data collected across six years of the course (11 less than or equal to n less than or equal to 16 for each) provide strong evidence that the course has been effective in encouraging graduate students in STEM-related fields to feel more skilled at and confident with informal science education. Details are provided as to how manipulation of the course structure (i.e. making it project-based, emphasizing understanding audiences, stressing the iterative nature of design, and increasing evaluation research training) influenced the student outcomes.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Evaluation Research, Experiential Learning, Social Scientists, Scientists, Science Education, Engineering, STEM Education, Higher Education, Models, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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