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  • Date: 04/01/2014
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The use of mobile devices for informal learning has gained attention over recent years. Museum learning is also regarded as an important research topic in the field of informal learning. This study explored a blended mobile museum learning environment (BMMLE). Moreover, this study applied three blended museum learning modes: (a) the traditional ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2008
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The story from the museum may not be read by visitors, who come with their own knowledge and understanding and read a different story in the animals. The visitors read a story which makes sense to them and builds on what they already know and interests them. Increasingly, robotics models are being used in natural history museums, science centers, ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2011
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Natural history has all but disappeared from formal education in the United States. This places the responsibility of introducing people to natural history within nonformal educational settings, with interpretive naturalists taking a leading role. This qualitative study of the life histories of 51 natural history-oriented professionals establishes ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2007
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    To investigate how parents support children's learning at an exhibit on evolution, the conversations of 12 families were recorded, transcribed, and coded (6,263 utterances). Children (mean age 9.6 years) and parents visited Explore Evolution, which conveyed current research about the evolution of seven organisms. Families were engaged with the ... »
  • Date: 07/02/2010
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    The author discusses a visit that he and his daughter paid to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was disappointed by the dinosaur exhibit. ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2009
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This study examines the historical conditions that fostered significant reform in science education. To understand these conditions, we employ a framework drawn from the new institutionalism in organization theory to study the founding and early development of the Exploratorium—a prominent science center that greatly impacted the field of science ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2007
    Resource Category: Research Products
    The study aims to characterize contextual learning during class visits to science and natural history museums. Based on previous studies, we assumed that “outdoor” learning is different from classroom-based learning, and free choice learning in the museums enhances the expression of learning in personal context. We studied about 750 students ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2012
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Mueller, Tippins, and Bryan (2012) presented a new conceptualization of citizen science that is meant to facilitate emerging trends in the democratization of science and science education to produce civically engaged students. This article reviews some relevant trends in the field of citizen science, for clarity here referred to as public ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2008
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The purpose of this study was to describe and understand the range of outcomes of class visits to natural history museums. The theoretical framework is based on the multifaceted process of learning in free choice learning environments, and emphasizes the unique and individual learning experience in museum settings. The study’s significance is in ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2012
    Resource Category: Research Products
    The goal of this study was to investigate the degree to which school-based and nonformal education programs that focus on air quality (AQ) achieved measurable AQ improvements, and whether specific instructional methods were associated with those improvements. We completed a standardized telephone interview with representatives of 54 AQ education ... »

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