Understanding Interactions at Science Centers and Museums

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Eva Davidsson, Anders Jakobsson
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 24, 2012 - Education - 209 pages
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There is an increasing interest in understanding learning and knowledge development when visitors attend informal institutions, such as museums, science centers, aquariums and botanical gardens. But in what ways do visitors develop new knowledge, skills and awareness about displayed issues in these kinds of settings and how does the exhibition environment affect and scaffold learning processes? In this book, the authors turn their attention to visitors’ and staff members’ actions and dialogues during the visits in order to identify and study learning situations. A common approach is the use and development of socio-cultural and cultural-historical frameworks and theories as means for coming closer to the significance of interactions at different levels and in different contexts. The individual chapters cover learning interactions in relation to staff members’ roles and identities, family visits, exhibitions as resources for professional development and school visits.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
USING SOCIOCULTURAL FRAMEWORKS TO UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF INTERACTIONS AT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ...
3
CHANGING PRACTICES CHANGING IDENTITIES AS MUSEUM EDUCATORS From Didactic Telling to Scaffolding in the zpd
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THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE Unravelling Visitors Views of Body Worlds and the Story of the Heart
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FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AT AQUARIUM TOUCH TANKSEXPLORING INTERACTIONS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR LEARNING
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STUDENT TEACHERS MOMENTTOMOMENT REASONING AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISCURSIVE THEMES AN ANALYSIS OF PRA...
79
THE IMPACT OF EXHIBITBASED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON TEACHERS PCK
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EXPLORING AND SCAFFOLDING LEARNING INTERACTIONS BETWEEN TEACHERS STUDENTS AND MUSEUM EDUCATORS
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LOOK AND LEARN Young Childrens Behaviour at an Interactive Exhibit
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ACTIVITY THEORY AS A LENS TO EXAMINE PROJECTBASED MUSEUM PARTNERSHIPS IN ROBOTICS Tools Challenges and Emergent Le...
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SCAFFOLDING STUDENTS POSTVISIT LEARNING FROM INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS
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IMITATING THE FAMILY VISIT SmallGroup Exploration in an Ecological Garden
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INDEX
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