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  • Date: 10/06/2014
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the importance of science field trips as educational tools to connect students to classroom concepts. Experiential learning at formal and informal field trip venues increases student interest, knowledge, and motivation. The teacher's role in preplanning, implementation, and reflection often ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, staff at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History discuss the efforts of the Learning in Informal Settings Program, including three international evaluation studies. ... »
  • Date: 02/05/2015
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) contracted RK&A to conduct audience research for the Central Park Zoo (Zoo), located in the heart of New York City. As part of the study, RK&A explored the value visitors’ place on their Zoo experiences and the ways in which visitors use the Zoo and surrounding area. Findings from the study provide ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2008
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    This article features examples of how science centers are finding innovative ways to meet their mission objectives while saving money. Authors include Rober Ade, public relations specialist at Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, California, David Kramer, chief executive officer at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Barbara A. Birney of Interpretive Planning in Nuce discusses findings from a 1988 study of 12-year-old children's perceptions of their social experience in musuems and zoos. Birney found that children associated visiting museums and zoos with their parents with a lack of control over their own learning experience. ... »
  • Date: 02/12/2010
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo offers a satisfying mix of interactive exhibit experiences, close-up animal viewing, and a warm, welcoming staff in a small-scale setting which makes it easily manageable for families with special needs. In recent years the JMZ has attracted and embraced this audience of often close-knit friends and ... »
  • Date: 02/13/2010
    Resource Category: Audience Study
    To inform development of the Curious by Nature exhibit and related programs, staff at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ) wants to hear from parents. Staff are especially interested in the experience of families with children who have special needs. In recent years the JMZ has developed an audience in this community of often close-knit ... »
  • Date: 06/22/2016
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In respect of the different modes of science communication including journalism, radio, online, I would propose that the process of making exhibitions and centres dedicated to science & technology is one of the hardest creative typologies. It also provides a very different type of engagement to other modes, in that it works in real time and ... »
  • Date: 10/11/2012
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    While the opportunity to engage in scientific reasoning has been identified as an important aspect of informal science learning (National Research Council, 2009), most studies have examined this strand of science learning within the context of physics‒based science exhibits. Few have examined the presence of such activity in conjunction with live ... »
  • Date: 07/09/2009
    Resource Category: Doctoral Dissertation
    This research proposed a revised theory of how collective environmental identity is associated with engagement with the advancement of pro‐environmental behaviors. The research comprised three activities that examined the experiences of three groups of people who claim zoo visiting as an important part of their life‐story: conservation biologists ... »

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