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/ecm diskurs 20: Learning for Life and the Role of Museums


Donnerstag, 11. Dezember 2014, 19 Uhr
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Bassano Saal, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Vortrag: John Falk, Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University and Director, OSU Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning and Lynn D. Dierking, Professor, Free-Choice STEM Learning STEM =Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Why do people visit museums, what do they do there, and what, if anything, do they take away f

rom these experiences? In this presentation Drs. John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking will explore these questions, framing the use of museums and other cultural institutions within the context of lifelong, free-choice learning. Throughout they will offer a “visitor’s eye view” of museums and other cultural institutions, discussing how changes in societies worldwide are affecting these institutions and the people who visit them, drawing upon research they have conducted over the last 30+ years. Highlighting the talk will be findings from a recently completed International Science Center Impact Study that demonstrates the value that visitors themselves derive from these experiences.

Lynn D. Dierking is Professor, Free-Choice STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Learning, College of Science, and Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, Oregon State University. She is internationally recognized for her research on lifelong learning, particularly free-choice, out-of-school time learning (in museums, after-school, home-, and community-based contexts), with diverse youth and families. Over her 35-year career she has worked in a variety of educational settings, including middle and high school science teaching, as a researcher in the Smithsonian Office of Educational Research, as a faculty member in University of Maryland’s College of Education and as director of a national middle school science and history curriculum project, Science in American Life, at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. Prior to joining the faculty at OSU, Dierking was Vice President for Special Initiatives at the Institute for Learning Innovation, a not-for-profit research and development organization focused on understanding and facilitating lifelong free-choice learning. Lynn publishes extensively and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Afterschool Matters and Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Lynn was named to the Centennial Honor Roll of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential leaders of the past 100 years. AAM further recognized her with AAM’s 2010 John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership, an award only given occasionally that recognizes someone outside the museum field who exhibits outstanding leadership and promotes the educational responsibility and capacity of museums. She also was a speaker in the National Science Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series. Lynn received her Ph.D. in Science Education and Educational Psychology at the University of Florida.

Dr. John H. Falk, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University and Director, OSU Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, is internationally acknowledged as a leading expert on free-choice learning; the learning that occurs while visiting museums, zoos, aquariums or parks, watching educational television or surfing the Internet for information. Dr. Falk has authored over one hundred fifty scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of learning, ecology and education, more than a dozen books, and helped to create several nationally important out-of-school educational curricula. He serves on numerous national and international boards and commissions and has been Associate Editor of several internationally prominent journals. Before joining the faculty at Oregon State University, he founded and directed the Institute for Learning Innovation where for twenty years he oversaw more than 200 research and evaluation projects involving a wide range of free-choice learning institutions. He also worked as an early child science educator at the University of Maryland and spent fourteen years at the Smithsonian Institution where he held a number of senior positions including Director, Smithsonian Office of Educational Research. In 2006 Falk was recognized by the American Association of Museums as one of the 100 most influential museum professionals of the past 100 years. In 2010 he was further recognized by the American Association of Museum’s Education Committee with its highest award, the John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership. In 2013 the U.S. Council of Science Society President’s gave Falk their Educational Research Award for his outstanding achievement in research that improved children’s learning and understanding. Falk earned a joint doctorate in Ecology and Science Education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Organisation /ecm 2014 – 2016 in Kooperation mit KulturAgenda, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, ICOM und Science Center Netzwerk