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

Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke with children at Questacon in 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke at Questacon in Canberra, 1987

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.

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Source: National Archives



Project Status
3D Images and Models in Chemistry Completed
A comparison of the nature of science within five international curricula Completed
Bibs, boards and bathrooms: an investigation into teaching introductory organic chemistry Completed
Do primary school teachers learn from Enrichment Programmes conducted for primary students at Science Centre Singapore? Completed
Evaluating the learning outcomes of the science centre education programs at the CSIRO Dicovery Centre Completed
Exploring the implication of science communication practices on a model for teacher professional development: Serving up the Pierian Waters Completed
Facts or Fun: defining the target of botanic garden education Completed
Fictional and real female scientists as role-models for girls and young women Completed
Food and thought. What are visitors learning during animal feeding time at the zoo? Completed
Formal science education: The 'why's and 'why not's of student enrolment behaviour Completed
Gene technology in action: the effect of a gene technology workshop on the attitudes of senior high school science students towards gene technology Completed
Heroes of Science - public images, inspirations and impacts Completed
How can the explainer training of the NSM Science Caravan be improved using the model of the Shell Questacon Science Circus? Completed
Influences on the science teaching self-efficacy beliefs of Australian primary school teachers Completed
Informal science activities for the social development of people with intellectual disabilities Current
Informing and engaging young girls about engineering: An evaluation of Robogals robotics workshops Completed
International comparisons of secondary school science textbooks in terms of science literacy Completed
Investigating the Purpose of Chemistry Education: An Academic Staff, Student, and Industry Perspective Completed
Making antimatter matter Completed
Molecular models in chemical education: teaching with three dimensions Completed
On the road with the Shell Questacon Science Circus: an investigation of its contribution to the public understanding of science Completed
On-site insights: reflections of astronomy exhibitions at observatory visitor centres Completed
Parental values, preferences and issues with sex education in Australian schools Completed
Push-button exhibits and informal learning in science museums Completed
Raising science awareness by engaging schools and their communities in science-related projects Completed
Reshaping the arena: Engagement as a threshold concept for science education and science communication Completed
School outreach for universities Completed
Science Circus international capacity building Current
Science for sailors: science communication for a targeted audience Completed
Science shows and theatre Completed
Science shows: evaluating and maximising their effectiveness for science communication Completed
Science with personality: reality science Completed
Scientists Taking Astronomy to Regional Schools – Impact and Outcomes Potential
Solving the physics teaching problem using emotions Completed
Students’ perceptions on the gender imbalance in physics: a case study from the Australian National University Completed
Teacher resources in kinematics: a project for the Physics Olympiads Completed
Teaching STEM in contemporary Australia Completed
The Australian science festival: balloons and lollipops or a showcase of Australian science? Completed
The availability of university photonics courses in Australia and their ability to meet research and development needs in the field Completed
The Canowindra Age of Fishes project: birth of a museum Completed
The communication of chemistry: how effective is current practice Completed
The effect of formal elements on students' affective learning in an informal setting Completed
The impact of the Shell Questacon Science Circus on teachers’ class room practice Completed
The importance of role models for women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) at ANU Completed
The public awareness of science in Thailand: a case study on biotechnology Completed
The Questacon explainers Completed
The response of staff to the design of the CSIRO's Discovery Building Completed
Visual strategies for communicating science Completed
Why do you do what you do? Completed