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John H. Falk

Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning

Oregon State University

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Oregon State University

100 Wiegand Hall

Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

United States

Company Description

Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation: http://oregonstate.edu/main/about. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, 40 miles north of Eugene and an hour from the Cascade Mountains o...more

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Background Information

Affiliations

Oklahoma Museums Association

Board Member


Institute for Learning Innovation

Founder


InformalScience.org

Advisory Board Member


National Postal Museum

Member, National Board


Journal of Museum Education and Science Education

Member, Editorial Board


National Association for Research in Science Teaching

Member and Chair of the Dissertation Award Committee


Annual Library

Trustee


Education

BA degree

Zoology

same institution


MA Degree

Zoology

same institution


Ph.D.


joint doctorate

Biology and Education

University of California , Berkeley


joint doctorate

Biology and Education

University of California at Berkeley


Web References(183 Total References)


Learning Summit Committee

John H. Falk, PhD
Dr. John H. Falk is Director of the Institute for Learning Innovation and Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University. He is a leading expert on free-choice learning; the learning that occurs when people have significant choice and control over the what, where and when of their learning. His current research focuses on studying the community impacts of museums, zoos and aquariums; understanding why people utilize free-choice learning settings during their leisure time and helping cultural institutions re-think their future positioning and business models in the 21st century. Before joining the faculty at Oregon State University, he founded and directed the first iteration of the Institute for Learning Innovation, worked as an early childhood science educator at the University of Maryland and spent fourteen years at the Smithsonian Institution where he held a number of senior positions including Director, Smithsonian Office of Educational Research.


ILI Researchers

Dr. John H. Falk, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University and Director, OSU Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, is internationally acknowledged as a leading expert on free-choice learning.
Dr. Falk has authored over one hundred fifty scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of learning, biology and education, more than a dozen books, and helped to create several nationally important out-of-school educational curricula. He serves on numerous national and international boards and commissions and has been Associate Editor of several internationally prominent journals.


Museums and the mind - Association of Science - Technology Centers

Presenters in the session, entitled "Museums and the Mind: Applying Cognitive Neuroscience to Free-Choice Learning," included Roger Barrett, exhibit designer at the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul; John Falk, professor of science education at Oregon State University in Corvallis; Matthew Wenger, graduate associate at Flandrau: The University of Arizona Science Center in Tucson; and Jennifer Mangels, associate professor of psychology at Baruch College, City University of New York.
Falk presented research showing that when visitors to the exhibition Goose Bumps!


Institute for Learning Innovation - Institute for Learning Innovation

John Falk: falkj@science.oregonstate.edu


Plenary Speakers at onmuseums.com

John H. Falk
John H. Falk Dr. John H. Falk, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University, is known internationally for his expertise on free-choice learning; the learning that occurs in settings like museums, parks, and on the Internet. He has worked with learners of all ages - children from pre-school through high school and young adults to seniors. Dr. Falk has authored over one hundred scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of learning, biology and education, more than a dozen books, and helped to create several nationally important out-of-school educational curricula. He is also well known for his expertise on non-profit business and evaluation issues.


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