Only a small percent of the general population encounters ideas generated at research universities. At the Hebrew University’s science campus in Jerusalem, the Nature Park & Galleries (NPG), the unique “open-campus museum,” presents science to the public. NPG uses the entire campus, indoors and out, for communicating its messages, via signage, brochures, guide books, smart phone audio-guides, and student guides. In one of NPG’s programs, high school groups spend most of a day visiting two forefront biology research labs. They are guided by a graduate student in each of these labs. The high school students prepare for the visit by studying an in-class program of several lessons created by NPG staff in coordination with, and taught by, the school teachers. Following the lab visits, a similarly created and delivered in-class program crystallizes the learning experience. Our evaluation of the effects of this program show significant improvements in attitudes toward science and in understanding of the nature of science.
|Keywords:||University Museum, Academic Museum, University Outreach, Science Outreach, Nature of Science, NOS, Ideas, Attitudes Toward Science, Public Science, Educational Field Trips, Learning Environments|
Professor Emeritus of Life Sciences, Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Asst. Prof., Science Teaching Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
PhD Student, Center for Science Teaching, Hebrew University of Jeruslaem, Israel