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Eval12 Poster 69: Measuring Learning in Youth Development Programs Using Personal Meaning Maps

Poster 69: Measuring Learning in Youth Development Programs Using Personal Meaning Maps Presenter(s): Amy Grack Nelson, Science Museum of Minnesota, agnelson@smm.org Gayra Ostgaard, Science Museum of Minnesota, gostgaard@smm.org Abstract: Many youth development programs have content-related outcomes. Evaluators often measure these outcomes using methods that fit the nature of an informal learning environment

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Focus Search - The personal meaning map method was developed for use in informal learning environments and is based on a relativist-constructivist approach to learning (Falk, Moussouri, & Coulson, 1998)


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What Can We Learn From a Collection of Over 500 Evaluation Reports? - Poster AEA 2015

These resources are relevant to a wide variety of evaluators, even those that don’t carry out evaluations of informal learning projects

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Focus Search - As the BISE team members 1 The Building Informal Science Education project is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Visitor Studies Association


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Eval10 Session 258: Evaluation in Action: A Sample of Tracking and Timing Methodologies in Museums, Culturals, and Informal Education Settings

This session was presented at the 2010 AEA conference in San Antonio. It contains PDFs of PowerPoints presented by Kathleen Tinworth, Cheryl Kessler, Joe E. Heimlich, Carey Tisdal, and Claudia Figueiredo. #Informal #2010Conference #museums #timing #Instruments #HowTo ...

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Focus Search - Wait time at timed experiences • Robot Theater – MOS -- 7.9 m (N = X, SD = .9 m) – COSI – 5.2 m (N = Y, SD = 2.7m) • Millennium Falcon at COSI – Wait Time: 25.3 m (SD = 20.0 m) – Satisfaction: (p < .05) • Viewed: 3.9 (N = 10, SD = .3) • Did not: 3.1 (N =15, SD =1.0) 13Tisdal Consulting, AEA, 2010 Engineering Design Labs •Design Challenge •Multiple Stations •Learning outcomes •Process: create, test, refine •Real world analogies 14Tisdal Consulting, AEA, 2010 How did visitors engage with Engineering Design Labs?


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Eval11 Poster 126: Building Evaluation Capacity in Informal Science Edcation through Strategic Collaboratoin

Poster Abstract: A major goal of Informal Science Education (ISE) is to address and improve upon, the lack of standardized tools and strategies to effectively measure outcomes and impacts across programs. Through a dynamic collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s DEVISE (Developing...

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Evaluation of an Initiative Designed to Encourage Young Women to Seek Engineering Careers: The Engineer Your Life Initiative

(AEA 2010 Poster Presentation 137) This paper describes the three-year evaluation of an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to: 1) increase college-bound females’ understanding of engineering, 2) inspire young women to explore engineering as a career and 3) help counselors and...

Evaluation of Engineer Your Life_Paulsen.pdf