Navigating the Changing Landscape of Formal and Informal Science Learning Opportunities

  • Deborah Corrigan
  • Cathy Buntting
  • Alister Jones
  • John Loughran

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Deborah Corrigan, Cathy Buntting, Alister Jones, John Loughran
    Pages 1-7
  3. Erminia Pedretti, Ana Maria Navas-Iannini
    Pages 31-49
  4. Susan M. Stocklmayer
    Pages 69-86
  5. Kathy Smith, Angela Fitzgerald, Suzanne Deefholts, Sue Jackson, Nicole Sadler, Alan Smith et al.
    Pages 87-103
  6. Debra Panizzon, Greg Lancaster, Deborah Corrigan
    Pages 151-170
  7. Cathy Buntting, Alister Jones, Bronwen Cowie
    Pages 171-182
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 207-210

About this book


This book presents research involving learning opportunities that are afforded to learners of science when the focus is on linking the formal and informal science education sectors. It uses the metaphor of a "landscape" as it emphasises how the authors see the possible movement within a landscape that is inclusive of formal, informal and free-choice opportunities. The book explores opportunities to change formal school science education via perspectives and achievements from the informal and free-choice science education sector within the wider lifelong, life-wide education landscape. Additionally it explores how science learning that occurs in a more inclusive landscape can demonstrate the potential power of these opportunities to address issues of relevance and engagement that currently plague the learning of science in school settings.

Combining specific contexts, case studies and more general examples, the book examines the science learning landscapes by means of the lens of an ecosystem and the case of the Synergies longitudinal research project. It explores the relationships between school and museum, and relates the lessons learned through encounters with a narwhal. It discusses science communication, school-community partnerships, socioscientific issues, outreach education, digital platforms and the notion of a learning ecology.


contemporary science education formal and informal science education science in school curriculum student engagement with science future science science teachers and learning teaching science science education communicating science primary school science science learning and teaching Socio-scientific issues school science student participation science concepts student motivation relevant science learning science learning environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Deborah Corrigan
    • 1
  • Cathy Buntting
    • 2
  • Alister Jones
    • 3
  • John Loughran
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  3. 3.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  4. 4.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-89760-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-89761-5
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