Informal learning, science centres, and social aspects of science education

Research projects in this theme examine aspects of formal and informal science learning that contribute to people's attitudes and relationships to science. Projects may address aspects of the history, function, strengths and weaknesses of science centres and other endeavours designed to promote science learning in informal contexts; creative approaches to science teaching that incorporate science communication theory and methods; and studies of students' experiences within formal science education.

Contact theme convenor Professor Sue Stocklmayer for more information or click on the tabs below to find people, projects and events associated with this theme.

Photo credit

The image depicts then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke with children at Questacon in 1987

Source: National Archives

Projects

News

04
Mar
2018
CPAS PhD student Vanessa de Kauwe left Australia on March 2 for Zimbabwe and Zambia to run local disability and gender equality education workshops with Stuart Kohlhagen, formerly...
22
Feb
2018
A new space for physicists to launch flying contraptions, build exploding experiments and test big ideas has opened at The Australian National University. On February 9th,...
14
Dec
2017
Professor Graham Durant and Dr Will Grant represented CPAS and Questacon at the First International Symposium on the Development of Natural Science Museums under the Belt and Road...
30
Nov
2017
If you want to teach someone how to catch a bus, build them a balloon rocket. This is what Vanessa de Kauwe has discovered in her PhD research for the Australian National Centre...
06
Aug
2017
The disability education and empowerment program pioneered by CPAS PhD candidate Vanessa de Kauwe is being applied in parts of Africa. The program uses science engagement to...
26
Jul
2017
It's seven weeks since our Australia Awards group left CPAS and they are now doing amazing things back home - from running Zimbabwe's first science programs for autistic kids to...
12
Jul
2017
A group of CPAS students have recently returned from a month long tour of Queensland where they were working towards obtaining their Master of Science Communication Outreach...
22
May
2017
Science communicators from eight African countries created a pop-up interactive science exhibition on Monday 22 May as part of a program at CPAS. Students from The Woden School...
16
May
2017
CPAS welcomed 15 future and current leaders of Africa’s science centre movement for six weeks of intensive training, as part of a DFAT Australia Awards Fellowship. The program...
16
May
2017
Following the success of Science Circus Africa, CPAS is investigating spreading the capacity-building model to SE Asia in collaboration with the ANU Myanmar Centre and the...

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