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  • Date: 12/15/1997
    Resource Category: Summative
    Earth & Sky is a 90 second radio science series about environmental sciences, earth sciences and astronomy. Multimedia Research implemented a summative evaluation of the series, utilizing a survey mailed to respondents to a radio contest held just prior to the broadcast of Earth & Sky in eight commercial radio markets. A total of 152 ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The purpose of this study was to investigate 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 was whether visitor concept development could be enhanced through the addition of ... »
  • Date: 10/11/1997
    Resource Category: Survey
    This is part three of the four part "Classroom Activities and Outcomes Survey." The survey asks students to rate the progress they have made in science process skills as a result of completing a particular course or program. ... »
  • Date: 10/07/1997
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This book addresses controversial changes in a major cultural organization through the lens of a vital need for a shift in thinking as museums enter the 21st century. Robert Janes is a leading voice in the changes taking place in Canada's cultural institutions. In this case study, the author candidly discusses layoffs, union/management relations, ... »
  • Date: 10/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Although schools traditionally take their pupils to Natural History Museums, little has been elicited about either the overall content of the conversations generated by such groups or of the effect on content in the presence of an adult. Transcripts were coded using a systemic network which had been designed based on pilot studies. A range of ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1997
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Museums invest considerable resources in promoting and supporting elementary-school field trips, but remain skeptical about their educational value. Recent cognitive psychology and neuroscience research require a reappraisal of how and what to assess relative to school-field-trip learning. One hundred and twenty-eight subjects were interviewed ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, George E. Hein of Lesley College clarifies his case for the constructivist approach, in response to Roger Miles' criticism of the theory. ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Stephen Bitgood of Jacksonville State University discusses the importance of critical thinking skills and offers ten suggestions for incorporating critical thinking into exhibit design. ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Janette Griffin of the University of Technology in Sydney discusses a project designed to investigate the applicability of a School-Museum Learning Framework piloted in an earlier study. Implementation of the Framework involved 5th and 6th grade students bringing their own chosen questions or "areas of inquiry" to the museum and ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Judith Gleeson, of the Communication and Language Studies Department at Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, discusses the role of narrative discourse in the museum experience and evaluation. Gleeson sites a study through the Australian Woman's Weekly that analyzed letters from people featuring narratives of why they ... »

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