Portal To The Public - Andrew Fraknoi Presentation

Comparing Scientists And Educator "Cultures"
Andrew Fraknoi
Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College and Executive Director Emeritus of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Scientists and educators live in different cultures and perhaps in different universes. Knowing these differences can help us tremendously in setting up programs that link scientists to educational projects. Some of these differences include the use of jargon, a sense of expertise, patience with beginners, expectations of adequate resources and tools, having assistants, time for contemplation, and international versus local concerns.

What motivates visitors is inextricably connected to visitors' prior beliefs, personal context and role played during the visit. The key to ISE institutions successfully facilitating current science learning for the majority of their visitors is figuring out how to make current science an appropriate learning goal for all types of visitors.