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Professor Sally Duensing

Visiting Professor

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I am currently involved in research primarily in the area of public science, and society dialogue and debate programs in informal science centres and museums. My research interests also include relationships of cultural context and the design of informal science learning environments. From 2002-05, I directed the development of the CILS center at the University of California Santa Cruz. In 2000 I held the Collier Chair, a one-year invited professorship in the public understanding of science at the University of Bristol. Prior to my academic appointments, I was at the Exploratorium in San Francisco for over twenty years and worked in different facets of informal science learning, ranging from directing exhibit development projects, predominantly in fields of perception and cognition, to directing professional development programmes for museum staff from around the world. I am the recipient of the 1993 Museum Educator's Award for Excellence, American Association of Museums.


Selected publications


Duensing, S. (2006)
'Culture matters: science centers and cultural contexts'
Learning in Places: the informal education reader (eds Z. Bekerman, N. Burbules & D. Silberman-Keller)
Peter Lang

Martin, L., Semper, R. & Duensing, S. (2004)
'Funding and Institutional Issues Related to Public Understanding of Research'
Creating Connections: Museums and the Public Understanding of Current Research (eds D. Chittenden, G. Farmelo & B. Lewenstein)
Alta Mira Press: New York & Oxford

Duensing, S. (2002)
'The Object of Experience'
Perspectives on Object-Centered Learning in Museums (ed. S. Paris)
Lawrence Erlbaum Associated Publications

Duensing, S. (guest editor) (Summer 2001)
Journal of Museum Education, special topic issue on museums and cultural contexts
Washington DC

Duensing, S. (May 2000)
'Using Gal'perin's Perspectives to Explore Generative Learning in Informal Science Centers'
Human Development vol. 43
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