University museums and formative experiences in natural history

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    Abstract

    Many people who develop a passion for natural history report formative experiences from their youth while exploring creeks and woodlands in their local area. With the advent of the internet and increased urbanization in the western world, these opportunities now often are lost to the current generation of young people because of the pressure of alternative leisure activities and reduced geographic availability.

    University science museums can have a role in fostering formative experiences by building elements of experiential learning into education programs for young visitors. This is particularly relevant to universities in a suburban or "green belt" location that preserve remnants of the original environment.

    These programs also instill positive attitudes toward increasingly important issues, such as biodiversity and ecological sustainability. Some of the education programs from Macquarie University's Earth Science and Biology Museums are outlined in this context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the third conference of the International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC)
    EditorsPeter Tirrell
    Place of PublicationNorman, Oklahoma
    PublisherSam Noble Oklahoma Museum of National History, The University of Oklahoma
    Pages103-108
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)188309008
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventThird conference of the International Committee for University Museums and Collections - The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, United States
    Duration: 21 Sep 200326 Sep 2003

    Conference

    ConferenceThird conference of the International Committee for University Museums and Collections
    Abbreviated titleUMAC'03
    CountryUnited States
    CityNorman
    Period21/09/0326/09/03

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