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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: 11/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, David Scott, Ph.D. provides a summary of an importance-performance appraisal of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. The attributes selected for appraisal included a variety of service attributes. ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Jacksonville State University's Amy Cota and Stephen Bitgood share findings from a study of label content, specifically the effects of length and sequence. Researchers aimed to answer the following questions: (1) If the entire label is read, will retention of information be related to the length of the text? and (2) When ... »
  • Date: 10/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In domains with multiple competing goals, people face a basic challenge: How to make their strategy use flexible enough to deal with shifting circumstances without losing track of their overall objectives. This article examines how young children meet this challenge in one such domain, tic-tac-toe. Experiment 1 provides an overviews of development ... »
  • 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: Edited Chapter
    The authors argue that schools should be communities where students learn to learn. In this setting teachers should be models of intentional learning and self-motivated scholarship, both individual and collaborative (Brown, 1992; Brown & Campione, 1990; Scardamalia & Bereiter, 1991). If successful, graduates of such communities would be ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Harris Shettel, museum evaluation consultant and President of the Visitor Studies Association (1991-1993), discusses the state of the field of visitor studies and makes predictions about and recommendations for the future. This paper was part of a panel discussion, "A Look To The Future," that was scheduled as the final session of ... »
  • 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: 06/03/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The museum is a physical setting that visitors usually freely choose to enter. The physical context for all museum visits (Falk and Dierking, 1992) includes the architecture and "feel" of the building as well as the objects and exhibits on display. A significant percentage of museum research has considered how visitors respond to the physical ... »
  • Date: 05/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article provides a summary of William Whyte's 1988 book about Whyte's research studying outdoor city spaces (plazas, parks, streets) as well as key quotes from the book. ... »

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