Title

Interest And Motivation In Informal Science Learning

Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

2007

Published In

Interest And Motivation In Informal Science Learning

Abstract

In this paper, research on interest and motivation is revisited in the context of informal science learning (ISL) settings such as museums, out-of school or after-school clubs or groups, science camps, and enrichment programs. The ISL context differs from traditional school “cookbook” science in a number of critical ways: rather than emphasizing science information, it is designed to engage participants in inquiry-informed and free-choice opportunities to work with authentic science. Productive participation in the ISL setting should enable the development of scientific literacy and scientific thinking (Lehrer & Schauble, 2006), although tracking and documenting such development is not simple (Falk & Storksdieck, 2005).

Comments

This work is a white paper prepared for the National Academies, National Research Council, Board on Science Education, Learning Science in Informal Environments.