A Design-Based Research Study of Staff-Facilitated Family Learning at Interactive Math Exhibits

Date: 
Monday, December 18, 2017
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products | Evaluation Reports
Environment Type: 
Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development and Workshops, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Families | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Mathematics
Organization:
Institute for Learning Innovation, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, TERC, Fleet Science Center, Salem-Keizer School District, Oregon State University
Description: 

Staff facilitators in museums and science centers are a critical but often overlooked component of the visitor experience. Despite assertions about the important role they play in visitor learning, there continues to be almost no research to understand staff facilitation in these settings or identify effective practices. To address these gaps, we conducted a design-based research study to describe the work of experienced museum educators and iteratively refine a model of staff facilitation to support family learning at interactive math exhibits developed through a prior project. The resulting facilitation model identifies three visitor experience goals, outlines the cycle of responsive facilitation (observe, support, reflect) that educators used to support these goals, and highlights the physical, personal, and sociocultural factors that appeared to influence the nature and outcomes of the interactions. The model provides empirical support to guide professional development for museum educators and suggests future directions for visitor studies research.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1321666
Funding Amount: 
$866,793.00
Publication Name: 
Visitor Studies
Volume: 
20
Number: 
2
Page Number: 
138-164
Document:

Team Members

Scott RandolAuthor
Marcie BenneMarcie BenneAuthor
Andee RubinAuthor
Ivel GontanAuthor
Elizabeth AndanenElizabeth AndanenAuthor
Crosby BromleyCrosby BromleyAuthor

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