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Supporting Youth through Environmental Education: Teaching, Learning, and Design at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens

October 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Efforts to enhance the scientific capacity of youth often target schools and focus on reforming the existing science curriculum. An often overlooked and underestimated venue for science teaching, learning, and design are out-of-school settings. Everyday experiences in these settings can support science learning for a wide range of youth and help develop positive associations with science and influence people’s identities as science learners. Learning experiences in these settings have the potential to reflect a view of science as influenced by individual youth experience as well as social and historical contexts. This presentation will explore the challenges and potential for the development of a non-residential nature experience at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. It will cover the theoretical underpinning that guides its design and the tension inherent in institutions that tend to represent or reflect the dominant culture, which can present a conflict for those from non-dominant groups.

Presented by Benjamin Tupper – PhD Candiate, Educational Studies/Science Education

October 21 at 12:00 pm in UM Museum of Art Multi-Purpose Room (125)



October 21, 2016
12:00 pm
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University of Michigan Museum of Art, First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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