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  • Labels for Open-ended Exhibits: Using Questions and Suggestions to Motivate Physical Activity
    Date: 01/01/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper reports findings from a study at the Exploratorium of a single physics exhibit that compared three labels and assessed visitors' attitudes and behavior. Based on interviews with 60 visitors, evaluators found a preference for labels containing both questions and suggestions, but that this type of phrasing may not always affect visitor ... »
  • Learning by Doing Exhibit Evaluation at the San Diego Natural History Museum
    Date: 01/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article describes an exhibit evaluation project at the San Diego Natural History Museum, funded by NSF in 2001, which took a participatory approach to better understand their audience. The authors, two participants in this project, discuss their motivations and goals, useful models and lessons learned from a special needs focus group. ... »
  • Video-based Field Studies in Museums and Galleries
    Date: 09/01/2002
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this essay, researchers from King's College London, Work, Interaction and Technology Research Group, discuss a particular approach to the analysis of social interaction in museums and galleries, focusing on video-based field studies. The authors also give a few suggestions as to why it might be important to take verbal and physical interactions ... »
  • Pacific Science Center's Science Carnival Consortium Project: A Qualitative Evaluation
    Date: 01/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Lynn D. Dierking of Science Learning, inc. (SLi) discusses the summative evaluation of the Pacific Science Center's Science Carnival Consortium Project, a National Science Foundation funded program designed to assist new or developing science centers with opening and operating their institutions. The evaluation was designed to ... »
  • Concepts in Context: Conceptual Frameworks, Evaluation and Exhibition Development
    Date: 01/01/1993
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper discusses the meaning of conceptual frameworks and the problems that arise when exhibit developers and visitors use different conceptual frameworks to interpret exhibits. The authors draw on experience and evaluation findings from a recent project developing an interactive traveling exhibit about chemistry. ... »
  • From Hands On to Minds On: Labeling Interactive Exhibits
    Date: 01/01/1992
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper presents findings from a label study project at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, part of the Naive Knowledge Research Project, funded by NSF to identify "naive notions" about science, in particular the cause and nature of gravity, and test the power of interactive devices to alter them. The device which prompted this label study ... »