Investigating Learning

Over the course of one’s lifetime, only about 5% of learning occurs in a classroom setting. The rest of our learning takes place while at home, or at work and in various other environments that one visits while exploring the world around us – outside of school.

Despite that fact, virtually all of the research on learning over the past 100 years has focused specifically on classroom learning and continues to do so today. By partnering with organizations like museums, zoos, festivals, parks, youth groups, and community clubs, we’re changing that.

By actively investigating free-choice learning settings we explore how, when and with whom learning happens for learners of all ages – as individuals or part of a family or a group – across all of the moments of their lives.

Through this research, we are developing a strong body of evidence that helps to explain how free-choice learning occurs and is best facilitated.

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