Here's the money quote from the article:
It also reinforces the emerging concept of “free choice” learning, which holds that people get most of their knowledge about science from someplace other than school or formal education.What caught my attention was the phrase "free choice" learning. The idea that people take responsibility for their own learning is also found in Cambourne's work. This got me thinking about ways to change schools so that they more closely resemble museums where people learn, which led to this tweet:
The perspective that schools currently serve as "fact factories" comes from Sir Ken Robinson and Seth Godin.
I began to wonder what would be in a Learning Museum (not to be confused with Joe Bower's Museum of Education) and decided that it would have rooms dedicated to these topics:
- What does learning look like?
- How is a learner different than a student?
- When and where has learning occurred?
- Why is learning important?
- What if I want to be a learner?
“The holy grail of science museums is not to provide someone all the knowledge they need, but to inspire them, to become a launching point,” said John Falk, an OSU professor of science education and national leader in the free-choice learning movement.The Learning Museum is now open. I hope it inspires you. Please visit often.