In Support of Idiosyncrasy

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Funders like the NSF have encouraged science centers in particular to share their techniques and evaluations, which is fabulous but also leads to rampant and sometimes unthinking imitation. Trying to cover it up or smooth it out in favor of "best practices" does a disservice to the museum and the audience. Tags: children's museums design business models People often ask me which museums are my favorite. I don't like to give a list.

The Truth about Bilingual Interpretation: Guest Post by Steve Yalowitz

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You know those research studies that make you want to immediately change your practice in some way? When we received the award, we felt a great sense of opportunity and responsibility, since this was the first NSF-funded research study about bilingual families and their experiences in fully bilingual exhibitions. You can download the research report and find out about the research model, methods, analysis and implications for the field.

Community Science Workshops and Shared Authorship of Space: Interview with Emilyn Green

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So the Community Science Workshop model is to put a drop-in, FREE community science center in a place that is walkable to kids'' lives and schools. We received two rounds of NSF funding in the 1990s to expand. We received NSF funding for three years and then it cut off. We''re really different from traditional science centers in our funding model. We have a few shining, beloved exceptions, but that''s not a significant part of our model at this time.

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