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Zimmermann, Laura; Foster, Lindsey; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – American Educator, 2019
The last 15 years have witnessed a quiet revolution in the understanding of spatial skills, and the authors are finding that these all-important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies are rooted in spatial knowledge. Spatial skills are the tools use to visualize and navigate the world. Spatial skills allows people to…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Play, Toys
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Verran, Joanna; Redfern, James; Moravej, Haleh; Adebola, Yvonne – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
A series of events was developed to engage audiences in discussion around the importance of microorganisms in the production of fermented foods, particularly through tasting. The events were designed to attract different audiences: families attending a science museum; families in their community space; and adults in different informal eating…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Food, Museums, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Pereira, Dra. Sara; Fillol, Joana; Moura, Pedro – Comunicar: Media Education Research Journal, 2019
The dissonance between what teenagers learn in classrooms and their everyday lives is not a recent phenomenon, but it is increasingly relevant as school systems are unable to follow the evolution of media and society beyond traditional concerns regarding the protection of young people. An overly scholarly view of learning continues to prevail in…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Multimedia Materials, Informal Education, Adolescents
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Bender, Sophia; Peppler, Kylie – Comunicar: Media Education Research Journal, 2019
Connected learning explains how people can build learning pathways that connect their interests, relationships, and formal learning to lead toward future opportunities such as careers. However, most learning systems are not set up ideally for connected learning; for instance, most schools still teach disciplines as discrete units that do not…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Informal Education, Lifelong Learning, Recreational Activities
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Cash, Anne H.; Debnam, Katrina J.; Waasdorp, Tracy E.; Wahl, Mary; Bradshaw, Catherine P. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2019
As students transition into adolescence they are often permitted greater independence in nonclassroom settings within schools and thus the opportunities for problem behaviors increase. However, nonclassroom settings can also provide an opportunity for students and school staff to engage in informal yet positive interactions. This paper aimed to…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Interaction, Informal Education, Predictor Variables
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Ryu, Minjung; Tuvilla, Mavreen Rose S.; Wright, Casey Elizabeth – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2019
Youth from nondominant racial and linguistic backgrounds often have limited access to school science learning opportunities. Afterschool settings may provide learning environments in which they improve science knowledge and construct positive science identities. With this premise, our research team designs and provides a community-based…
Descriptors: Refugees, After School Programs, STEM Education, Cultural Capital
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O'Keeffe, Muireann – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
Social networking sites provide opportunities for informal and social learning of academic practices in higher education, yet not all academics engage in these spaces. This qualitative study suggests that while Twitter offers informal opportunities for academic development, inhibiting factors prevent staff from establishing their social presence…
Descriptors: Social Media, Informal Education, Higher Education, Faculty Development
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Tosun, Cemal – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The aim of this study was to develop a Scientific Process Skills Test (SPST) in the context of ''Matter and its Nature''. It was investigated whether there was a predictive effect of demographical features and participating out-of-school learning opportunities across the 7th and 8th grade students' Scientific Process Skill (SPS) levels.…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Science Tests, Test Construction, Scientific Concepts
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Shaby, Neta; Ben-Zvi Assaraf, Orit; Tal, Tali – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Today, science is a major part of western culture. Discussions about the need for members of the public to access and understand scientific information are therefore well established, citing the importance of such information to responsible citizenship, democracy, socially accountable scientific research and public funding (National Research…
Descriptors: Museums, Science Education, Informal Education, Exhibits
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Green, Wendy – Journal of Studies in International Education, 2019
Many educational institutions aim to engage students in "global learning" at home and abroad through the process of "internationalization of the curriculum" (IoC). Yet research indicates that students experience and understand IoC in diverse, often unintended ways, and instances of students' diverse perspectives informing IoC…
Descriptors: Global Education, International Education, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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Todd, Brandy L.; Zvoch, Keith – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This study investigates the impact of an informal science outreach programme built around theories of identity formation and self-efficacy on middle school girls' science affinities. A lottery-based, randomised control trial was used to identify programme effects on four science affinity outcomes: science interests, efficacy with science, science…
Descriptors: Science Education, STEM Education, Informal Education, Intervention
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Keune, Anna; Peppler, Kylie – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2019
Celebrating hands-on making and technological inventiveness, the Maker Movement promotes the popularity of new makerspaces: learning environments filled with diverse materials for youth's creative projects. Described as "constructionist learning environments," makerspaces can be challenging to design because materials require substantial…
Descriptors: Creativity, Educational Environment, Costs, Learning Theories
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Wright, Natalie; Wrigley, Cara – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2019
Design as an overarching pedagogical framework has been regarded by some as the avenue to re-envision general education to develop capabilities required for twenty-first century citizens. However, despite the adoption of design thinking within other domains, generic design-based education for lifelong learning remains largely unexplored. A…
Descriptors: Design, Futures (of Society), Educational Innovation, Informal Education
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Marzano, Gilberto; Siguencia, Luis Ochoa – International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, 2019
Participatory learning and online learning are increasingly appealing as educational approaches which can positively affect learners. Participatory learning engages students as active participants in the full educational programme, including homework and exercises, whilst online learning offers tools that facilitate learners' collaboration and…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Electronic Learning, Learner Engagement, Nonformal Education
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Lundgren, Lisa; Crippen, Kent J. – International Journal on E-Learning, 2019
Both social media and informal learning spaces have the potential to foment knowledge-building. This article aims to bridge theory and practice with an analysis of the social media practices across informal science learning centers through the lens of the Contextual Model of Learning. We evaluate strategies through directed content analysis of…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Science Education, Social Media, Theory Practice Relationship
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