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  • Date: 11/22/1999
    Resource Category: Summative
    A summative evaluation in Jersey City, New Jersey at the Liberty Science Center’s IMAX® Dome Theater was carried out with adult (18+ years) viewers. A quasi-experimental separate-sample pretest/posttest design was used. "Island of the Sharks" made a positive impact on sample adult audience member’s knowledge of topics presented in the film and was ... »
  • Date: 09/15/1999
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Association for Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) will gather data and develop a report to the field on mathematics activities in science museums. The purpose of the Small Grant for Exploratory Research (SGER) grant is to support initial research on the current status of mathematics in science museums, to document exemplary models for the ... »
  • Date: 09/15/1999
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Liberty Science Center is conducting a one-day symposium to be held immediately prior to the annual meeting of the Giant Screen Theater Association. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together large format film producers, distributors, and theater owners to reflect on the educational aspects and the presentation of science in the large ... »
  • Date: 09/10/1999
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Exploratorium will develop "The Electronic Guidebook: Extending Museum Experience Using Networked Handheld Computers." Through this project, the Exploratorium and the Concord Consortium will investigate the use of new technologies to enhance the learning experience of science museum visitors. The exponentially increasing availability of ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1999
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses research conducted among families and museum visitors in the Midwest from 1996-1998. The study found that women, more often than men, initiate family museum visits and that a mother's parenting strategies are strongly related to her ideas about the nature of knowledge and how she comes to know and understand herself and the ... »
  • Date: 09/01/1999
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Robert Eisenberger, professor of psychology at the University of Delaware, reviews two fundamental philosophical conceptions of motivation that influence contemporary views, show how these world views are embedded in current motivational theory, and consider how recent motivational findings can be applied to museum visitors. Then ... »
  • Date: 08/01/1999
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    The goal of the front-end studies was get a sense of what visitors believe to be the commonalities (if any) among all living things. The goal of this particular study was to find out whether visitors could think of counter-examples to seven true commonalities identified by the Traits of Life team. The results would reveal how familiar visitors ... »
  • Date: 07/01/1999
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    This report presents the findings from a study conducted by Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A), for the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), Washington, DC. The study was designed to investigate how visitors respond to the display of the Museum's human remains collection. Specifically, the research objectives were to: determine ... »
  • Date: 06/15/1999
    Resource Category: Summative
    A quasi-experimental separate-sample pretest/posttest design was used to assess the impact of the giant screen film "The Greatest Places" on adult viewers. A second evaluation was implemented with eighth grade students who either viewed the film after two related reading activities or viewed the film without associated activity. ... »
  • Date: 06/01/1999
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    It has long been recognized, but rarely publicly acknowledged, that most people learn much if not most of what they know outside of the formal education system. As Patricia Albjerg Graham recently wrote in Daedalus, "Scholars ranging from the late James S. Coleman and Lawrence A. Cremin to Christopher Jencks have quite properly reminded us of the ... »

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