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Pratt, Justin M.; Yezierski, Ellen J. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Conducting qualitative research in any discipline warrants two actions: accessing participants and eliciting their ideas. In chemistry education research (CER), survey techniques have been used to increase access to participants and diversify samples. Interview tasks (such as card sorting, using demonstrations, and using simulations) have been…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Qualitative Research, Scientific Research
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Mujtaba, Tamjid; Lawrence, Martin; Oliver, Mary; Reiss, Michael J. – Studies in Science Education, 2018
This review examines how natural history museums (NHMs) can enhance learning and engagement in science, particularly for school-age students. First, we describe the learning potential of informal science learning institutions in general, then we focus on NHMs. We review the possible benefits of interactions between schools and NHMs, and the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Museums, Science Instruction, School Community Programs
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Dressler, Virginia A.; Kan, Koon-Hwee – Journal of Museum Education, 2018
Theoretical and practical implications of incorporating Quick Response (QR) codes in a traveling international art exhibition are addressed in this paper. Blending the physical and virtual dimensions, the exhibition undergirded a pilot study of the integration of technology into traditional museum settings in both China and the United States. The…
Descriptors: Museums, Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration
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Rosa, Katemari – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2018
This forum paper dialogues with Sheron Mark's "A bit of both science and economics: a non-traditional STEM identity narrative. In her paper, she discusses the development of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) identity by a young African American male during an informal STEM for Social Justice Program. Here, the…
Descriptors: Self Concept, STEM Education, African American Students, Males
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Gong, Xin; Wang, Pengcheng – Current Issues in Comparative Education, 2017
This study provides a comparative analysis of the pre-service education system for preschool educators in China and the United States. Based on collected data and materials (literature, policy documents, and statistical data), we compare two areas of pre-service training: (1) the formal system; (2) the informal system. In the formal system, most…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Rappa, Natasha Anne; Tang, Kok-Sing – Research in Science Education, 2017
Agency is a construct facilitating our examination of when and how young people extend their own learning across contexts. However, little is known about the role played by adolescent learners' sense of agency. This paper reports two cases of students' agentively employing and developing science literacy practices--one in Singapore and the other…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Adolescents, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries
Meiseles, Andrea – ProQuest LLC, 2017
In this dissertation, I investigate how Israeli staff members understand the intercultural encounter they experienced in an overnight camp setting; how they navigated the experience; and how the intercultural encounter has impacted them. The research was conducted through qualitative methods of data collection, including elements of ethnography,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Jews, Summer Programs, Intercultural Programs
Alhamadi, Asma Abdulmana – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this qualitative multiple participant case study was to identify the influence of social media on Saudi graduate students who are active social media users. Social media have been influencing Saudi students differently than those in other socio-cultural contexts due to the uniqueness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in terms of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Social Media
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Bradshaw, Kathlyn; Parchoma, Gale; Lock, Jennifer – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2017
This article considers formal and informal learning activities in massive open online courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are often broadly positioned as either cMOOCs (based on connectivistic pedagogies) or xMOOCs (based on cognitivistic/behavioristic pedagogies). In a recent "International Review of Research in Open and Distance" article, Anders…
Descriptors: Conventional Instruction, Informal Education, Online Courses, Learning Activities
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Schmidt-Jones, Catherine Anne – International Journal of Music Education, 2017
There is currently considerable interest in strengthening the connections between formal music education and informal, self-motivated music practices. Participants in this study were adults who were self-motivated to learn formal music concepts, but had encountered barriers to doing so independently. The study offered them individual online…
Descriptors: Music Education, Informal Education, Self Motivation, Adults
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Fitzgibbons, Megan; Kloda, Lorie; Miller-Nesbitt, Andrea – College & Research Libraries, 2017
Journal clubs are meetings where participants engage in discussion or appraisal of professional literature and research. This study investigates the perceived value of librarians' participation in journal clubs. Using a hermeneutic dialectic process, we built a construction of the value of journal club participation based on interviews with…
Descriptors: Librarians, Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Informal Education
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Greenhow, Christine; Lewin, Cathy – Learning, Media and Technology, 2016
It is argued that social media has the potential to bridge formal and informal learning through participatory digital cultures. Exemplars of sophisticated use by young people support this claim, although the majority of young people adopt the role of consumers rather than full participants. Scholars have suggested the potential of social media for…
Descriptors: Social Media, Informal Education, Models, Learning Theories
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Edwards, Nichole – Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 2016
By recognising the limitations of formal sex education, young people are able to seek out alternative material, gaining informal sexual knowledge through their own means and through a wide variety of sources. This paper derives from part of a larger study centred on feminism and heterosexuality in practice which features 17 feminist-identified…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Informal Education, Reflection, Feminism
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Murphy-Graham, Erin; Lloyd, Cynthia – Policy Futures in Education, 2016
This article proposes a conceptual framework for how education can promote adolescent girls' empowerment and, by mapping the field, highlights promising examples of empowering education programs. We conclude by identifying both research and programmatic opportunities for the future that will harness the expertise of a range of specialists from the…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Females, Middle School Students, Student Empowerment
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Shaby, Neta; Ben-Zvi Assaraf, Orit; Tishler, Chagit E. – Learning Environments Research, 2016
Today, science is a major part of Western culture. One advantage of informal learning environments is that they are (potentially) open to a wide range of populations with varying levels of interest and knowledge. Because of their informal nature, documenting learning has proven challenging. Studies that assess learning in museums, therefore, must…
Descriptors: Science Teaching Centers, Museums, Teacher Attitudes, Informal Education
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