|Informal Learning and Science Afterschool
The ILSA research project investigates the nature of informal science in afterschool programs around the country. The three-year study consists of surveys of 1,000 programs, in-depth interviews with a subset of 50, and case studies at eight sites. The study seeks to document the nature of student participation and learning in science activities in "typical" (non-science-specific) afterschool programs, and the infrastructure required to support these programs. "Infrastructure" includes curriculum, staff recruitment and support, and program leadership and structures. The study is led by Gil Noam of Harvard University, Bronwyn Bevan from the Exploratorium, Rena Dorph from the Lawrence Hall of Science, and Reginald Clark of Reginald Clark and Associates. It is funded through the National Science Foundation.
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