Free-Choice Science Education: How We Learn Science Outside of School

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theoretical Framework
1 Free-Choice Science Learning: Framing the Discussion 3
2 Who Produces Science Information for the Public? 21
3 Achieving Scientific Literacy: Strategies for Insuring That Free-Choice Science Education Complements National Formal Science Education Efforts 44
4 The Use of Time and Space in Assessing the Potential of Free-Choice Learning 64
Pt. II Research Case Studies
5 The Effects of Early Childhood TV-viewing on Learning 79
6 The Acquisition and Retention of Scientific Information by American Adults 93
7 Investigating the Role of Free-Choice Learning on Public Understanding of Science: The California Science Center L.A.S.E.R. Project 115
8 Supporting and Documenting Choice in Free-Choice Science Learning Environments 133
Pt. III Looking to the Future
9 The First Free-Choice Science Learning Conference: From Issues to Future Directions 151
11 Supporting Systemic School Science Education Reform in Partnership with Free-Choice Science Learning: A Texas Case Study 174
12 Free-Choice Science Learning: Future Directions for Researchers 186
13 A Practitioner's View on the Value of an Infrstructure for Free-Choice Science Learning 199
App Free-Choice Learning: Assessing the Informal Science Education Infrastructure, 1998 Conference Participants 205
About the Contributors 208
Index 210
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