The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Webcast: Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies

From H-Museum:

The National Science Resources Center and the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies invite colleagues to view the webcast of a recent Smithsonian program that examined the research behind learning in informal environments.

The program is available at

The program features opening remarks from Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough and presentations from:

. Sue Allen, Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Ca, and currently Program Officer, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the National Science Foundation

. Philip Bell, Associate Professor in the College of Education at theUniversity of Washington

. Kevin Crowley, Associate Professor of Learning Science and Policy,School of Education, University of Pittsburgh

. Cecilia Garibay, Independent Consultant, Garibay Group

. Heidi Schweingruber, Acting Director, Board on Science Education,National Research Council

. Andy Shouse, Senior Program Officer, National Research Council

. David Ucko, Director, Informal Science Education Program, National Science Foundation

The panelists discuss the findings of the National Research Council's newstudy: Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits (the report was released on January 14, and is available online at and their implications for educational practice in science centers and museums.

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