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Melody Basham

Outreach Specialist & Project Leader

Ed.D. 2012, Educational Leadership and Innovation – Arizona State University

Dr. Melody Anne Basham recently completed her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation at the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College at Arizona State University. Her areas of interest and research have mainly been in the areas of museum education and informal science development and evaluation with a special focus in educational equity in  marginalized populations. A specific focus in her doctorate research was on science and equity in adult English language programs. Results of the  study also revealed the role of cultural ontologies as they emerged in refugee/immigrant students as related to classification of the  natural world. Basham received her M.Phil degree from Cambridge University in Social Anthropology/Museum Studies with a  BA  degree in bioanthropology, archaeology and the paleosciences.

Dr. Basham currently has a special interest in the development and innovative use of technology in connecting audiences with  science.  She is currently working with developers at ASU SkySong on InsectARium which is a learning application that engages users with  augmented reality interaction with collection specimens. The app will soon be piloted in classrooms as a potential learning tool in the teaching about insect diversity and taxonomy. Other ASU collaborations has included the Global Institute of Sustainability and she was a grant recipient with the Graduates in Integrative Society and Environment Research for her science outreach program serving adult  literacy programs. The program is now continuing for its second year.

Dr. Basham also currently serves as the key Education and Outreach coordinator for SCAN (Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network) and is actively involved with iDigbio. Other recent and current affiliations includes DataONE, the Federation of the Earth Information Sciences, the Paleontological Research Institution, the Museum of the Earth, and the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Keep checking this website for upcoming outreach activities and projects.


Papers, Roundtables & Presentations

15.   Basham, Melody (2014) Ways of knowing: Prompting discourse and cultural worldviews in diverse populations with natural history collections, Museum and Society Journal (Pending)

14. Basham, Melody (2014) Connecting collections with community via augmented reality specimen-based learning tools, Museum and Society Journal (Pending)

13. Basham, Melody (2011). The ELAA 2 citizen science project: The case for science, equity, and critical thinking in adult English language instruction. Connecting People to Science, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 437, 2011.

12Basham, Melody (2008). Day of discovery: An intergenerational program. Science Beyond the Borders, October/November , Volume 1, number 4.

11.] SCAN Survey Results: Engaging the Public with Insect Digitization Workflows. University of Florida Gainesville, iDigBio Workshop on Public Participation in Digitization of Museum Specimens (September, 2012).

10. The Lifelong Explorer Program. . .connecting special needs adults with the natural world at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Arizona Museum Association Panel Presentation; April, 2012.

9. Pathways of knowing: Integrating citizen science and critical thinking in the adult ELL classroom. Doctoral Dissertation, ASU; March, 2012.

8. The ELAA 2 Explorers: The case for science and equity in adult English language instruction. ASU Roundtable Presentation, ASU Research Night forum; December, 2011.

7.  Citizen science as cognitive justice. Paper presented at the AstroSociety of the Pacific “Connecting People to Science” Conference, Baltimore; August, 2011.

6. Assessing the impact of citizen science in the promoting of English, cognitive-based learning, and science literacy in Hispanic adult ESL learners. ASU Research Night Forum; April, 2011.

5Integrating citizen science into the ESL adult learner curriculum. Rio Salado 7th Avenue Green Learning Campus Presentation; April, 2011.

4. The case for literacy as critical geragogy. Roundtable Presentation, ASU Research Night Forum; December, 2010.

3.  Access to discovery. . .creating learning experiences and environments for the older learner. Arizona Association of Activity Professionals Presentation; August, 2010.

2Creating accessibility to learning for adults with special needs. Arizona Museum of Natural History Training Presentation; August, 2010.

1.  Redefining lifelong learning through the art of rediscovery: Creating interpretive experiences for the older learner. Arizona State University, Action Research Poster Presentation; May, 2010.