Expand – Research in Norwegian science centers

  • Dagny Stuedahl
  • Merethe Frøyland
  • Ingrid Eikeland
Keywords: science center education, science center exhibitions, engagement with science, reflective practice


The research program Expand – Research in Norwegian Science Centers, (UtVite in Norwegian) was initiated as a collaboration between Inspiria Science Center, and three research partners in science education.1 The project collaboration has as its main objective to understand the role of science centers for young people’s engagement, interest and recruitment to science. Further, the aim of Expand is to explore research methods suitable for participatory action research approaches to design-based studies of learning in science centers. This is a presentation of the research design of Expand in the first funding period 2011–2016.