This article is the product of research done by the FEAST (Facilitating Engagement of Adults in Science and Technology) consortium of European science museums and science centers. The report, designed to assist museum educators in supporting parents and caregivers in educating children in informal science institutions, explains how museums can help caregivers become more involved in their child’s learning and how museums can improve their programs and exhibits to be appropriate for both adults and children. The document provides five workshops for facilitating adult engagement with children.
Click the link below for “Course Materials”:
Rossi Linnemann, Camilla, Erica Locatelli, Maria Xanthoudaki, and Heather King. “Engaging Parents as Facilitators of Children’s Learning in Science: Materials for Training and Design of Family Workshops.” FEAST Project – Facilitating Engagement of Adults in Science and Technology, 2013.
“FEAST (Facilitating Engagement of Adults in Science and Technology) identifies Explainers in Science Centres and Museums as key personalities in informal education of adults and families. The professional development of this category in an international setting and the creation of a European model for developing and delivering informal science workshops for adults is a way for the consortium to contribute to the field, combining the efforts of museum practitioners, academic researchers, networking and media experts in the creation of high quality products.
The FEAST Project aims to contribute to this panorama by developing a model and a number of tools and resources for the informal science education of adult parents. With it’s actions it will: – promote science centres and museums as forums for active citizenship and scientific literacy; – develop the professional skills of explainers in facilitating informal lifelong learning of adults; – provide adult parents with the skills and tools to act as confident and knowledgeable science educators of their children.”