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  • Date: 12/07/1998
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The effect of humor on retention of information was examined. The planetarium at COSI, Ohio's Center of Science & Industry in Columbus, was the source of the study. General public museum visitors were the subjects. A total of 495 adult subjects, ages 18 and older, were involved. Subjects were presented with one of two versions of a 15-minute ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1998
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This report proposes a comprehensive study to answer the question: How does conversation as a socially mediating activity act as both a process and an outcome of museum learning experiences? The study will examine museum learning across six kinds of museums and across different kinds of visiting groups. This proposal describes a model of museum ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1998
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This project is a funded as a component of the joint NSF/DoE Public Understanding and Engagement Initiative for middle grade mathematics. NCTM, Widmeyer-Baker and NACME are partnering to launch and deliver the Initiative. NCTM has responsibility for ensuring that the mathematics conveyed throughout the Initiative is compelling, accurate, and ... »
  • Date: 11/01/1998
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The growing interest in integrating the arts across the curriculum represents an important change from previous concerns about teaching the structure of individual disciplines. It will require a change in the concept of cognition in the arts that is currently dominant in our psychology. This concept-the 'symbol systems' account-restricts thinking ... »
  • Date: 10/16/1998
    Resource Category: Formative
    This formative evaluation gathered feedback from fourth graders in response to characters and stories proposed for further development. The general goals for the formative evaluation were To determine appeal of the proposed animated characters, given drawings and verbal descriptions, To assess reactions to the cast and storylines, given two short ... »
  • Date: 10/15/1998
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Widmeyer-Baker Group (TWBG) working in conjunction with The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Incorporated (NACME) proposes to design and implement a campaign of Public Understanding and Engagement of Mathematics targeted toward national, state, and local audiences ... »
  • Date: 10/10/1998
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The World Congress of Science Producers is an annual event of leading broadcasters and independent science producers from around the world. This year's congress is being planned and osted by WGBH. For this Congress, WBGH will add two new dimensions to the meeting: 1) involve working scientists in the meeting to increase the dialogue and contact ... »
  • Date: 10/01/1998
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Institute for Learning Innovation, Inc., requests $264,904 to pilot a project for establishing a national program to provide parents and significant other adults with support, training and materials. Also, the project goals will enable parents and other adults to become actively engaged in local science education reform and science literacy ... »
  • Date: 10/01/1998
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Treasuring our Natural Heritage: Natural History and Environmental Science Education is a multifaceted project that will be developed by the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Their goal is to heighten an understanding of issues surrounding the concept of biodiversity among the general public. By using the metaphor " the economy of nature," they ... »
  • Date: 10/01/1998
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Maryland Science Center is planning a nationwide, traveling exhibit that would examine the scientific investigations and findings related to how and why the Titanic sank. During this planning phase for the project, two of the Maryland Science Center staff would participate in an upcoming scientific expedition to study the Titanic. They will be ... »

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