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Cat Scharon

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Position Type:

Chicago

Illinois

United States of America

Years in the field:

11 – 15 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Access, Education, Exhibits development, Grants/Foundational Giving, Marketing & Communications, Outreach and Public Engagement, Partnerships, Project Management, Research & Evaluation

My goal is to explore and promote the learning value of museums, zoos, aquariums, and other out-of-school time programs. I hold a master's degree in museum education and evaluation and am currently embarking on my education doctorate in improvement science and informal learning. As an evaluator and researcher, I am always excited to learn about new methods and tools to help make data-informed decisions for the benefit of visitors, staff, and stakeholders.

Interests: Museums, zoos, aquariums, out-of-school learning, informal science education, free-choice learning, identity development, science identity, museum-school partnerships, project-based learning, qualitative research methods, exhibition development, UX/UI testing.

Research Skills: Qualitative and quantitative research methods, including interviews, focus groups, document analysis, ethnographic observation, and surveys. Use of Excel, SPSS, Tableau, and NVivo.