Out-of-School Learning

Learning experiences for students often happen outside of the classroom—at community facilities, such as museums and sports centers, and through structured groups and activities, such as homework clubs and community service. Out-of-school learning can help students overcome learning disabilities and develop new talents, and increase their interest in education.

Current perspectives emphasize the role of out-of-school learning programs in critical issues, such as encouraging a diversity of students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and careers. This point of view underscores the importance of developing new research and evaluation approaches for out-of-school learning environments, while taking into account their distinct features.

SRI education researchers address the need for out-of-school programs by

  • Evaluating innovative programs within science museums and community centers

  • Studying out-of-school activities that engage girls in STEM projects

  • Investigating the foundations of out-of-school learning activity

Projects

science teacher in front of students at chalkboard

SRI is evaluating the impact and effectiveness of a federally funded effort to meet growing demand for professionals and information technology workers in the United States.

two teenage girl students high-fiving each other, showing a project

This afterschool and summer curriculum helps middle school girls develop information technology (IT) fluency, interest in mathematics, and knowledge of IT careers.

two elementary school age girls looking at a butterfly through a magnifying glas

SRI is conducting a multi-year examination of informal science offerings to explore the inquiry opportunities available for learners, the instructional materials used by staff, and the role of support partners.

Press Releases

SRI to Host Webcast of Cyberlearning Research Summit

The Cyberlearning Research Summit, organized by SRI International and the Lawrence Hall of Science, will feature discussions on the future of learning, and the technology necessary for scalable and lasting advances in STEM education.

A landmark study from SRI International reveals that the vast majority of California's schools fail to meet state standards for teaching the arts, and that access to arts instruction varies widely among the state's schools.

SRI In the News

Department of Energy Creates Online-Learning Platform for Technical Training

The U.S. Department of Energy today unveiled the National Training and Education Resource, a new open-source online-learning platform designed to facilitate technical training.

Publications

To improve educational productivity, In the U.S., online learning alternatives are proliferating rapidly. This report supports educational administrators and policymakers in becoming informed consumers of information about online learning and its potential impact on educational productivity.