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Preparing Informal Science Educators

Perspectives from Science Communication and Education

Editors: Patrick, Patricia G (Ed.)

  • First comprehensive volume looking at informal science education
  • Defines sound informal teaching practices
  • Provides informal educators with research based strategies for approaching their audiences
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About this book

This book provides a diverse look at various aspects of preparing informal science educators. Much has been published about the importance of preparing formal classroom educators, but little has been written about the importance, need, and best practices for training professionals who teach in aquariums, camps, parks, museums, etc. The reader will find that as a collective the chapters of the book are well-related and paint a clear picture that there are varying ways to approach informal educator preparation, but all are important. The volume is divided into five topics: Defining Informal Science Education, Professional Development, Designing Programs, Zone of Reflexivity: The Space Between Formal and Informal Educators, and Public Communication. The authors have written chapters for practitioners, researchers and those who are interested in assessment and evaluation, formal and informal educator preparation, gender equity, place-based education, professional development, program design, reflective practice, and science communication. Readers will draw meaning and usefulness from the array of professional perspectives and be stimulated to begin a quest to scaffold programs and professional development around the frameworks described in this book.  

About the authors

Patricia Patrick received her MEd and PhD from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is an Assistant Professor in Cultural Foundations and Leadership at Columbus State University and an Associate Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. In cooperation with the Houston Zoo, Dr. Patrick developed a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction for Informal Science Education. She has published numerous articles related to informal science learning, with a focus on sociocultural theory. Her work focuses on the importance of social interactions and the importance of those interactions within families. She published the book Zoo Talk. She has been a guest speaker at the Chester Zoo (England), University College London Institute of Education (England), Sao Paulo Zoo (Brazil), and San Diego Zoo where she discussed questioning skills and preparing science communicators. She has been a Visiting Researcher at the Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin as a researcher on the development of a new Heinz Sielmann exhibit. Her research interests are in informal science education, preparing informal educators, and the influence of family culture and science knowledge on science learning.

Table of contents (29 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Patrick, Patricia G.

    Pages 1-9

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  • Formerly ISE: Preparation for Continual Science Learning

    Katz, Phyllis

    Pages 13-38

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  • Informal Science Educators and the Nine Dimensions of Reflective Practice

    Patrick, Patricia G.

    Pages 41-65

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  • Facilitating Deep Conceptual Learning: The Role of Reflection and Learning Communities

    King, Heather (et al.)

    Pages 67-85

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  • From Acquisition to Inquiry: Supporting Informal Educators Through Iterative Implementation of Practice

    Allen, Lauren B. (et al.)

    Pages 87-104

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Buy this book

eBook 142,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50398-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 173,67 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50396-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Preparing Informal Science Educators
Book Subtitle
Perspectives from Science Communication and Education
Editors
  • Patricia G Patrick
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50398-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50398-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50396-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 600
Number of Illustrations and Tables
53 b/w illustrations
Topics