McLean, Independent Exhibitions; Thea Sahr, Educational Outreach, WGBH; Mary Ann Steiner, Center for Learning in Out of School Environments, University of Pittsburgh; and Gretchen Walker, Community and Visitor Programs, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. They provided constructive comments and suggestions that were essential to the project.

The final draft of this book was reviewed by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Research Council (NRC). The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published book as sound as possible and to ensure that the book meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We wish to thank seven individuals for their review of the final draft of this book. Four of these reviewers had also provided feedback on the early draft: Rick Bonney, Chris Gentile, Thea Sahr, and Gretchen Walker. Three additional individuals participated in the review of the final draft: Bronwyn Bevan, Informal Learning and Schools, Exploratorium, San Francisco, California; Lynn D. Dierking, Free-Choice Learning and Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Oregon State University; and Cecelia Garibay, Garibay Group, Chicago, Illinois.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the book before its release. The review of this book was overseen by Cary I. Sneider, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this book was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this book rests entirely with the authors.

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