University museums and formative experiences in natural history

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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 urbanisation in the western world these opportunities are now often lost to the current generation of young people.

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 instil positive attitudes towards 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
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventUMAC 2003: Engaging the community - University of Oklahoma, Norman, United States
Duration: 21 Sept 200326 Sept 2003


ConferenceUMAC 2003
Abbreviated titleUMAC '03
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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