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  • Date: 10/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    GLOBAL WARMING: UNDERSTANDING THE FORECAST. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY (May 15, 1992 - January 19, 1993); Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County (April 3 - July 25, 1993); Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA (September 24,1993 - February 13, 1994); Denver Museum of Natural History (November 24, 1994 - March 26, ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Ross J. Loomis of Colorado State University discusses the significance of the Visitor Studies Conference in Ottawa as well as the regular presentations on visitor research at the American Association of Museums national meetings. Loomis also outlines agenda items for the newly created Visitor Studies Association and future Visitor ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, Minda Borun of the Franklin Institute Science Museum responds to questions raised by Harris Shettel during the opening session at the 1991 Visitor Studies Conference. Borun explains why the status of museum evaluation is "definitely improving," offers important research questions to consider, distinguishes between research and ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper presents research related to labels that assist visitors in interpreting objects in scientific museums. The authors present an overview of the linguistic tendencies of labeling in museums and scientific exhibitions. In addition, initial findings from a study of modified label text will shed light on the impact of variable text. Note: ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper discusses the the value of interpretive inquiry in examining visitors' reactions to museum environments as well as evaluating visitor outcomes expected by those producing the environments. This paper provides an explanation of interpretive inquiry as well as examples of this methodology in action at the Gibson House Living History ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper discusses the Museum Impact and Evaluation Study, a research collaborative originated by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and made up of nine museums from across the country. The intent of the study was to reach toward understanding the long-term outcomes of museums visits, focusing on the relationships that develop ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper discusses the benefits of conducting long-term evaluations. It explains the rationale behind and methodology used in a study of "Bird Discovery Point," a group of interactive exhibits located in the Aquatic Bird House at the Brookfield Zoo. The author briefly describes the issues that were raised in each of the eight evaluation efforts ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, researchers from the National Zoological Park discuss ways of incorporating visitors into exhibit development and the value visitors bring to the process, specifically during front-end evaluation. The authors cite examples from the development of "The Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly: Attitudes Toward Animals" exhibit, which opened at ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, John P. Braaksma of Carleton University discusses how the method of time-stamping can be used to obtain precise knowledge of visitor movements to aid program planning and improve customer service. This paper outlines the methodology Braaksma used when first employing the time-stamping technique in 1975 at the Winnipeg International ... »
  • Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, Tara D. Knott of Evaluation Resources, Inc. discusses the importance of summative evaluation to assess the value of a museum program in addition to setting clear goals. Knott argues that summative evaluation helps museums establish accountability--to business, the government, schools, and to the public. ... »

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