Preparing Informal Science Educators

Perspectives from Science Communication and Education

  • Patricia G. Patrick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Patricia G. Patrick
    Pages 1-9
  3. Defining ISE

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
  4. Professional Development

  5. Designing Programs

  6. Bridging the Gap Between Formal and Informal Educators

  7. Science Communication

  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 575-575
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 595-600

About this book


This book provides a diverse look at various aspects of preparing informal science educators. Much has been published about the importance of preparing formal classroom educators, but little has been written about the importance, need, and best practices for training professionals who teach in aquariums, camps, parks, museums, etc. The reader will find that as a collective the chapters of the book are well-related and paint a clear picture that there are varying ways to approach informal educator preparation, but all are important. The volume is divided into five topics: Defining Informal Science Education, Professional Development, Designing Programs, Zone of Reflexivity: The Space Between Formal and Informal Educators, and Public Communication. The authors have written chapters for practitioners, researchers and those who are interested in assessment and evaluation, formal and informal educator preparation, gender equity, place-based education, professional development, program design, reflective practice, and science communication. Readers will draw meaning and usefulness from the array of professional perspectives and be stimulated to begin a quest to scaffold programs and professional development around the frameworks described in this book.  


Free choice learning Informal science education Informal science educators Informal science teaching Museum educators Museum science teaching Participatory learning environments Science communication Science conversations Science outreach Science outreach programs Visitors learning professional development reflective practice program design

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia G. Patrick
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

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