While the immediate beneficiaries of the Framework will be ISL professionals, the ultimate beneficiaries of the work will be the children, youth, teachers, and members of the general public who engage with STEM experiences designed and implemented by a skilled and knowledgeable ISL professional workforce.
The project team planned a series of workshops, surveys, and interviews designed to derive information from practitioners about how they do their work, and about what their professional needs are at different career stages. Initial information for the Framework research was derived using a facilitated workshop format called a DACUM (short for Developing a CurriculUM). DACUMs are intensive two-day workshops that extract information about jobs, duties, and work-related knowledge from practitioners. Through a facilitated storyboarding process, DACUM participants generated precise descriptions of their jobs, as well as the necessary knowledge, skills, and traits required to do that job.
The Framework project held three DACUM workshops at science centers in different parts of the United States in March and April 2016. Each workshop engaged 12 ISL practitioners at the same career stage (initial, middle, or mature), regardless of job title or type. Participants were invited from small, medium, and large science centers and museums in the area around each host site.
Verifying the DACUM Results
DACUM results were compiled and distributed to staff at ASTC-member institutions for review and verification in a survey, which informed the final, web-based Framework design and content. A subsequent round of targeted interviews with ISL professionals also helped inform this initial version of the Framework. Click here to view a list of professionals who participated in the verification survey.