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Context Matters: Using art-based science experiences to broaden participation beyond the choir

Published on Feb 18, 2020in International journal of environmental and science education
· DOI :10.1080/21548455.2020.1727587
Kari O'Connell7
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(OSU: Oregon State University),
Brianna Keys1
Estimated H-index: 1
(OSU: Oregon State University)
+ 1 AuthorsMark Rosin (Pratt Institute)
Abstract
Dedicated science learning spaces such as science museums, science cafes, or science media attract mostly those who seek out science learning experiences. This self-selection represents a major cha...
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