Virtual Science Centers: Web-Based Environments for Promotion of Nonformal Science Education

Virtual Science Centers: Web-Based Environments for Promotion of Nonformal Science Education

Leo Tan Wee Hin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and R. Subramaniam (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-102-5.ch019
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Abstract

The opening of a virtual annex by science centers has given rise to a new genre of learning in Web-based education. Seeking to enhance the outreach effectiveness of nonformal science education initiatives among students and the public, these virtual science centers fulfill a useful role in promoting the public understanding of science. The example of the Singapore Science Center is used as a case study to explore the topic in significant depth. A commentary is also presented on some of the issues, controversies, and problems encountered in this new learning environment. Some possible solutions and recommendations are suggested in light of our experiences.

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