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An Evidence-Based Informal STEM Learning (ISL) Professional Framework

NSF Awards: 1514815, 1514884, 1514890, 1515315

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

This video falls under the Research informing STEM learning and teaching category. We are transforming the education landscape of professionals working in informal science learning institutions so that they are better equipped and motivated to serve a diversity of children, youth, their communities, and the general public. Using dynamic graphic design and footage from workshops, this video will describe the Informal STEM Learning (ISL) Professional Framework and how it can be used by both individuals working in science museum settings and at the museum institutional level.

Over the last two years, the team from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, The Lifelong Learning Group at COSI, Columbus, Oregon State University, Pacific Science Center, and University of Washington has developed the ISL Professional Learning Framework, based on a structured empirical process that reveals what professionals in science centers, science and natural history museums, or children’s museums actually do when performing their job-related tasks. We identified 16 core competencies that are common and cut across all areas of science museum work (islframework.org). In validating the ISL Framework, we learned of its potential to serve individuals and institutions. A recent survey of potential future users highlighted important benefits at the individual level (“I am at the beginning of my career as an educator in the ISL field, [and] this framework could help inform the decisions I make regarding professional development”) and at the institutional level (“I would like to use the framework in my institution to evaluate how focused we are on the goals and tasks that the framework outlines.”).

Details and reports about the project can be found on the project website islframework.org and in the CAISE repository, informalscience.org

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