Karen Davies is Head of Learning Research and Resources at the Science Museum in London and works across the Science Museum Group. She is passionate about learning in informal settings, having spent her career (over thirty years) devising innovative ways of engaging a wide range of audiences in science, as well as supporting museum professionals, STEM professionals and teachers nationally and internationally to do the same
Supporting young children’s learning from science objects: the importance of play on gallery
This paper is based on prototype testing at the Science Museum that considered how to support young children’s learning from objects on gallery. It is argued that providing for and enabling play is crucial for young children in family groups to establish familiarity and context related to unfamiliar objects, and that this is associated with learning.