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Piqueras, Jesús; Achiam, Marianne – Science Education, 2019
Educators' work is a key element in museums' learning experience, yet knowledge about their professional development is still limited. In this study, we followed three science museum educators' professional growth during collaboration with researchers, with special focus on the introduction of research-based frameworks in their practice. To…
Descriptors: Science Education, Museums, Faculty Development, Science Teachers
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Van Schijndel, Tessa J. P.; Raijmakers, Maartje E. J. – Science Education, 2016
The present study fills a gap in existing visitor research by focusing on the preschool age group. The study explores relationships between parent explanation, children's exploratory behavior, and their domain-specific learning in a shadow exhibition. In addition, the effect of a preceding theater show on child and parent behaviors is examined. In…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Correlation, Preschool Children, Nonverbal Communication
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Tare, Medha; French, Jason; Frazier, Brandy N.; Diamond, Judy; Evans, E. Margaret – Science Education, 2011
To investigate how parents support children's learning at an exhibit on evolution, the conversations of 12 families were recorded, transcribed, and coded (6,263 utterances). Children (mean age 9.6 years) and parents visited Explore Evolution, which conveyed current research about the evolution of seven organisms. Families were engaged with the…
Descriptors: Evolution, Museums, Exhibits, Interpersonal Communication
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Gutwill, Joshua P.; Allen, Sue – Science Education, 2010
We describe a study of programs to deepen families' scientific inquiry practices in a science museum setting. The programs incorporated research-based learning principles from formal and informal educational environments. In a randomized experimental design, two versions of the programs, called "inquiry games," were compared to two control…
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, Effect Size, Inquiry
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Zimmerman, Heather Toomey; Reeve, Suzanne; Bell, Philip – Science Education, 2010
In this paper, we examine the interactional ways that families make meaning from biological exhibits during a visit to an interactive science center. To understand the museum visits from the perspectives of the families, we use ethnographic and discourse analytic methods, including pre- and postvisit interviews, videotaped observations of the…
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, Biology, Comprehension
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Szechter, Lisa E.; Carey, Elizabeth J. – Science Education, 2009
This research examined the nature of parent-child conversations at an informal science education center housed in an active gravitational-wave observatory. Each of 20 parent-child dyads explored an interactive exhibit hall privately, without the distraction of other visitors. Parents employed a variety of strategies to support their children's…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Exhibits, Science Education, Science Teaching Centers
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Falk, John H. – Science Education, 1997
Investigates a museum exhibition design assumption that visitors develop conceptual understanding of a science topic after utilizing a cluster of conceptually related exhibits which lack explicit concept labeling. Also investigated whether visitor concept development could be enhanced through the addition of explicit labeling of the intended…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Exhibits, Museums, Science Education
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Stevens, Reed; Hall, Rogers – Science Education, 1997
Reports on an exploratory study of how people see and explain a prominent exhibit (Tornado) at an interactive science museum (the Exploratorium). Data was assembled using a novel, technically mediated activity system (Video Traces). Argues that Video Traces is an effective tool and discusses an expanded Video Traces system. (Author/DKM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Exhibits, Inquiry, Museums
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Schauble, Leona; Bartlett, Karol – Science Education, 1997
Describes the role of research in designing ScienceWorks, an innovative gallery at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The gallery was constructed on the basis of existing and new research on how children think and learn about science. The gallery is atypical in several respects but perhaps most fundamentally in its overarching agenda to foster…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Exhibits, Museums