Museum Learning Research

The Franklin Institute was one of the first science centers in the nation to establish a Department of Research and Evaluation and has become known in the museum field as a leader in museum-based learning research. For nearly four decades the department has been studying how people learn science in out-of-school environments, with a particular focus on partnerships between museums and community agencies.  The publications posted here are products of this effort.

The Philadelphia Informal Science Education Collaborative (PISEC) consists of four local museums: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Center for Aquatic Sciences, The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo.  These museums and their community partner agencies have been working together for more than twenty years to deliver programs to underserved families in the Philadelphia-Camden area.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.