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Joy Kubarek Sandor - Photo by Michael Goss

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Is the Textbook Obsolete?

The science-learning landscape is shifting. As information becomes more readily available, learning environments become transformed with the help of technology and individuals take more ownership of their education in and out of the classroom. For example, the Maker Movement has helped the act of doing science and engineering become more accessible and achievable for a wider range of individuals. To make can mean to try and to fail, and to learn from those failures as one continues in the making process. Such lessons are seldom taught in the classroom, but informal science settings such as Maker Faires, museums, and youth-driven media spaces broaden this new perspective of how one learns.

Joy Kubarek-Sandor has worked at John G. Shedd Aquarium since 2006 and oversees the Shedd's Learning Group. Her team provides a range of learning experiences onsite, offsite, and online with the goal of enhancing a learner's scientific literacy, environmental literacy, and twenty-first-century learning skills. More »

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Judith Lederman, associate professor and director of teacher education and Gorjana Popovic, senior instructor, mathematics and... read more
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MSED To Present Research in Science Teaching at 2015 NARST International Conference
Norman G. Lederman, distinguished professor of mathematics and science education, and Judith S. Lederman, associate professor and... read more
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