This Evidence-based Informal STEM Learning (ISL) Professional Competency Framework is grounded in research, evaluation, and knowledge of effective practices and emerging practices.
The Framework describes the suite of competencies that are associated with successful practice within the ISL field. Three facilitated workshops were held at science centers in different parts of the United States with participants from small, medium, and large science centers and museums. The participants represented different types of job responsibilities within their institutions and were at different levels of their careers. Results were verified through a national survey and targeted interviews with ISL professionals. The Framework was presented at a number of national conferences including Association of Science and Technology Centers and the American Alliance of Museums. Feedback further refined the framework and set priorities for continued resource development. While each job and each institution is unique, the competencies in this framework cut across most functions. They are the competencies that define professionalism in the ISL field. The Framework provides a map for you to pinpoint where you are and where you might want to go. Further research is planned to support the development of resources that will help individuals as well as institutions plan and prioritize professional learning opportunities.