Informal science learning for older adults

Katherine Brookfield, Sara Tilley, Máire Cox

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Abstract / Description of output

Recent years have seen rapid growth in informal science learning. Evidence suggests that participation in such learning delivers benefits, including improved performance in formal science learning and enhanced interest in science. To date, such learning has typically attended to children and families, with little attention paid to older populations. Older adults are, however, keen knowledge consumers with their participation in learning associated with improved well-being and better health. This commentary presents our experience of developing and delivering an informal science learning event for older adults. Its successes, challenges, and audience reception are considered with a small number of recommendations provided.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience Communication
Early online date20 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jun 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • science festivals
  • informal learning
  • knowledge exchange
  • public engagement
  • older people

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