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Informal Education Resources


Informal learning includes everyday experiences and experiences in designed settings, such as museums, zoos, and nature programs. They also include experiences in out-of-school programs, such as after-school clubs, programs, and citizen science.

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Creating Professional Development for Informal and K–12 Educators

The results of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate surveys help science education professional development providers successfully work with educato...

Journal Article

Working at the Intersections of Formal and Informal Science and Literacy Education

The National Writing Project provides professional development, develops resources, generates research, and works to improve the teaching of writing...

Journal Article

Informal science education

To a science teacher, an ideal summer day might include a stroll through a zoo or botanical garden, a cool afternoon in a planetarium or aquarium, a h...

Blog Post

Can an Informal Science Institution Really Play the Key Role in K–12 Science Education Reform?

The Washington State LASER (Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform) program is under the leadership of the Pacific Science Center, an info...

Book Chapter

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NSTA Press Book

A Head Start on Science, Second Edition: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder

Imagine what fun it could be for 3- to 7-year-olds to engage in a game of Prism Play or Magnetic Scavenger Hunt or Where Did the Shadows Go? Then imag...

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