Workshop: Using the Equity Compass to support everyone’s meaningful engagement with science
Science centres and museums provide a key opportunity for people to engage with science, and it is vital to ensure that programmes and exhibitions are meaningful and accessible for everyone. This workshop will provide a taster session on using a new researched-based tool, the Equity Compass, to help move your practice in a more equitable direction. The workshop will start with a brief introduction to the tool’s eight dimensions of equity. The participants will then be invited to discuss and share their reflections and suggestions on how the Equity Compass could help develop informal science learning activities and how they might use it in their own work. This session will be run jointly with Spela Godec, UCL.
Jen works as a freelance research and evaluation consultant and a Senior Research Fellow at UCL Institute of Education. She has worked as a researcher on the ASPIRES and Enterprising Science projects as part of the core team developing the concept of science capital, and is currently conducting research on equity in maker spaces. Her broader research/evaluation interests include learning and engagement in early years, families and school groups in informal science environments, including the implications of work on science capital in those settings. She has over 15 years’ experience of evaluation and research around learning and engagement in informal settings.