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  • Date: 11/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, VSA President Harris Shettel examines some of the issues that are relevant to the continued growth and development of the field of visitor studies. Shettel presents these issues in the form of questions and shares his answers about the status of exhibit evaluation, the flaws of traditional visitor evaluation, etc. ... »
  • Date: 10/01/1993
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    "The Connecticut Museum Collaborative for Science Education" is teacher enhancement program that will serve approximately 5,000 middle school teachers (and their students) from throughout Connecticut over a three-year program period. The proposed program has been developed cooperatively by four of Connecticut's Science Museums and Centers (The ... »
  • Date: 10/01/1993
    Resource Category: Research
    There is no formula for starting a science center. Science centers are as variable as the communities that surround them and the people who plan them. They may be of modest or monumental proportions and grow at different rates and in a variety of ways. Nevertheless, it is possible to identify a number of common themes and dimensions that appear to ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1993
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Magic School Bus Museum Collaborative, requests through Discovery Places, Inc., NSF support for six science museums and Scholastic Productions, Inc., to develop science education materials that capitalize on the interest and excitement in the forthcoming Magic School Bus television series and the Magic School Bus books. Over a three year ... »
  • Date: 08/01/1993
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is requesting $50,000 to investigate and report on education activities linking science centers with schools. The research will examine the nature and levels of service currently provided by science centers, and produce a report that describes the current status with an emphasis on ... »
  • Date: 05/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Marilyn G. Hood, Ph.D., of Hood Associates, discusses African-American attendance and non-attendance at art museums. Hood presents findings from focus groups and individual interviews used to better understand African-American feelings about and perceptions of art museums, which she divides into internal dimensions and external ... »
  • Date: 05/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Jacksonville State University's Stephen Bitgood and Don Thompson address the issue of how museums can appeal to multicultural audiences and assess the impact of their attempts to attract new audiences. Bitgood and Thompson outline a four-step process for addressing problems of multicultural audiences. ... »
  • Date: 04/01/1993
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA requests NSF support for a three-year model program entitled "Partnerships for Acheiving Careers in Technology and Science" (PACTS). Building upon a successful pilot project involving African-American students and mentors, PACTS aims to foster positive attitudes about science careers and ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1993
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This book describes results of the Museum Impact and Evaluation Study, headed by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The project that began in January 1990 and was completed in 1992 explored relationships between museums and their visitors and was intended to help staff members understand how they develop these relationships, what ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper is based on presentation given at a participatory session at the Visitor Studies Conference with the aim of creating a descriptive list of the qualities and conditions that lead to a positive museum experience (PME). This article sorts, names, and discusses the characteristics generated by the group. ... »

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