Making a Difference: The Public Value of Science Centers

April 8th, 2010 - Posted in 2010, Dimensions by Katie McCarthy

IN THIS ISSUE
January/February 2010

Those of us working in the field believe that science centers make important contributions to individuals, communities, and nations. But how can we document and demonstrate that science centers are making a difference? This issue presents a “public value” framework and describes evidence to help centers make the case for their essential contributions. Whether they’re helping people develop positive attitudes toward science, recruiting science teachers, or increasing access to science and technology, science centers have tangible, positive impacts on society.

Contents

• Evidence for Learning in Science Centers and Museums, by Kirsten M. Ellenbogen
• Youth Exploring Science: Benefits for Teens and the Community, by Cynthia Graville-Smith
• Science Explainers: A Ladder to STEM Careers
• Being Purposeful: Planning for, Initiating, and Documenting Public Value, by Lynn D. Dierking
• Putting Public Value to the Test, by David E. Chesebrough
• The Value of a Visit: Does Visiting a Science Center Motivate Students to Study More Science?, by Sue Cavell and Harry White
• Who Wants to Be a Science Teacher? A Science Center’s Role in Resolving a Teacher Shortage, by Judith Lombana and Angela Walters
Maloka: Reaching People Where They Live, by Nohora Elizabeth Hoyos and Sigrid Falla
• By the Numbers: Highlights from the ASTC Statistics Survey Data, by Christine Ruffo
• Surrounded by Science: ISE Summit 2010, by Wendy Pollock

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