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Arnold Arboretum
Daphne Minner Director of Public Programs

Daphne Minner

Director of Public Programs

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5774
Fax: 617.524.1418
Email

Education

PhD Human Development and Family Studies (1997), Pennsylvania State University
MS Human Development and Family Studies (1994), Pennsylvania State University
BA Psychology (1988), University of Delaware

Much of my career has focused intensely on how to best engage learners through teaching, and evaluating efforts to understand what truly resonates for students. This seemingly simple phenomenon has held my interest for over 25 years. During that time, I have developed an understanding of this dynamic educational process by investigating many curricular innovations in science. Through this exploration I have learned how to help learners share their thinking to facilitate insight, recognize and challenge misconceptions, and engage learners without creating frustration or boredom. These are the kinds of strategies that I will focus on infusing into the educational programming at the Arboretum in explicit and consistent ways.

The allure of the natural world and biology continue to entice me to learn more about the incredible ways that other species experience life. There are wonderful stories of intrigue, creative adaptations, reproductive twists and turns, and chemical warfare for survival that continue to enthrall me. These are the kinds of stories I want the education department at the Arboretum to share with visitors—to engage and inspire them to consider the rich diversity of life and life strategies occurring all around us.

Selected Publications

Recent Professional Presentations

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