The Museum Education Research Group is interested in conducting research in several areas related to learning in and with museums.

Museum-Based Online Learning

We conduct research examining how museums engage audiences through online learning. We are particularly interested in interactive online learning with audiences of all ages. This includes school based programs, public programs, teacher professional development, and many others. This does not include static virtual tours, online games, or other online educational content that does not include synchronous or asynchronous interaction with an educator. You can learn more about this work in this open access literature review, this open access article, and in my blog post for AAM.

EcoCivic Engagement

Funded by the Thoreau Foundation, the Thompson Earth Systems Institute and collaborators are providing undergraduate students the opportunity to gain experience in environmental research, outreach, and civic engagement. Fellows will attend seminars featuring environmental experts, receive mentoring, network with peers, and take part in a Fellow-designed, multi-day field experience focused on environmental challenges across Florida. Fellows will culminate their experience by working with a community organization on a project that contributes to research, education, or civic engagement on a salient environmental issue. Learn more about our project here.

Framing Climate Change Communication

Along with a colleague from Chapman University, we are examining strategic message framing surrounding wetland restoration and climate change. We are conducting research on effective ways to communicate climate change impacts on wetlands for audiences in the Florida Everglades and the California Delta.

Broadening Participation through Broader Impacts

We are also examining research related to how scientists engage in broader impacts. This work aims to support the Scientist in Every Florida School program by allowing us to better understand how scientist-teacher partnerships are created and sustained. Additionally, our work looks at how to ensure scientists are using best practices for engaging with diverse audiences. You can learn more about this work in our article in the Journal of STEM Outreach.

Past Research

Previous work has examined best practices for supporting the science interests and career aspirations of historically excluded students through museum-based family science programs. 

We have also conducted work examining the self-efficacy of museum educators.

See our publications page for more articles related to these projects.