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Informal learning in experiential settings

  • Madelyn Faye Neathery
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Abstract

This professional development effort had the major goal of assessing informal learning in experiential settings. Twenty elementary teachers from public and private schools participated in an on-site seminar that was university and foundation connected. The activities involved the teachers in experiential learning in science centers, a wildlife refuge, and a zoological sanctuary. A questionnaire reflected the significance of instruction provided by guides, types of exhibits, and the use of informal learning to enhance concept development. The data revealed positive results for using informal learning as an educational complement to classroom instruction.

Keywords

Classroom Instruction Elementary Teacher Polar Bear Science Center Informal Learning 
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© Springer Netherlands 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Madelyn Faye Neathery
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistrySouthwestern Oklahoma State UniversityWeatherford

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