The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
Reflecting on Practice is a professional learning program meticulously designed to build participants’ understanding of, experiences with, and integration of best practices in informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning environments. It is devised for institutions to implement with their own staff and volunteers, at their own pace. This program is not intended as a blueprint for how to teach. Reflecting on Practice is an opportunity for practitioners of all levels of experience to learn from one another, develop a shared language to support learning, and exchange ideas on their practice.
The goal of the program is to advance the informal STEM education field by cultivating communities of learners among its professionals.
The goal of the program is to advance the informal STEM education field by cultivating communities of learners among its professionals. The program has three primary objectives:
Education coordinators share how Reflecting on Practice has impacted their practice and brought a culture of reflecting to Coastal Bend Bays and Estuary Program Nueces Delta Preserve.
RoP Educators often mentioned four major beneficial outcomes from participating in Reflecting on Practice:
RoP Facilitators shared how implementing Reflecting on Practice was valuable on multiple levels:
Four aspects of an educator’s practice are demonstrably changed by the Reflecting on Practice program (Tran, Werner-Avidon, & Newton, 2013):
View our YouTube channel to hear testimonials from Institutions engaging in the program.
Reflecting on Practice was created, written, and developed for dissemination by Lynn Uyen Tran and Catherine Halversen at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley through funding from the National Science Foundation (DRL#1612515) and Institute for Museum & Library Services (MP-00-09-0002-09).
Reflecting on Practice is published by Routledge and is available for purchase.
Tran, L.U. & Gupta, P. (2021). Rebuilding Our Teams to Be Critically Conscious in Our Educational Work. International Journal of Informal Science and Environmental Education, 1(1), 41-62.
Tran, L.U. (2019). The How and Why of Reflective Practice for Science Museum Professionals. In The Reflective Museum Practitioner (pp. 7-22). Routledge.
Tran, L. U., Gupta, P., & Bader, D. (2019). Redefining Professional Learning for Museum Education. Journal of Museum Education, 44(2), 135-146.
Lynn Tran or Sarah Pedemonte at the Lawrence Hall of Science can provide you with additional information about Reflecting on Practice.