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  • Past and Present Tense: Understanding the Visitor Experience in the Indigenous Australians Exhibition at the Australian Museum
    Date: 05/01/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper examines one Australian museum’s commitment to create social awareness of political issues within its community. The paper begins by discussing the challenge of cultural representation of Indigenous peoples in the context of civic engagement. Some of the historical and political issues facing Indigenous Australians and their ... »
  • Hands-on Trolleys: Facilitating Learning Through Play
    Date: 01/01/2006
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper reports findings from a study that evaluated the impact child-centered discovery trolleys have on 4-8 year old children's museum experiences. The Queensland Museum developed a set of resource trolleys to introduce young visitors to museums and their collections. Findings from this study add to the body of knowledge on this topic and may ... »
  • Visitor Behavior In Zoo Exhibits With Underwater Viewing
    Date: 09/01/2005
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article presents findings from a study that employed visitor surveys and observations to assess the factors that significantly influence visitor behavior and viewing time in six zoo exhibits with underwater viewing. The authors' research revealed that visitor group type, size of underwater viewing windows, animal size, aquatic activity, and ... »
  • Understanding Graphic Maps at the Bronx Zoo
    Date: 09/01/2005
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article discusses visitors' ability to interpret geographic maps. It describes a study that examined how easily adult visitors to the Bronx Zoo were able to identify two continents and countries on maps, and their interpretation of the term "range." Findings suggest a need to revise maps in exhibit labels to improve visitor comprehension and ... »
  • A Small-Scale Opinion Survey of Non-Museum Visitors at Two University Museums in Hong Kong
    Date: 07/01/2004
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper describes findings from a Ph.D. study of visitors, particularly non-museum visitors, at two university art museums in Hong Kong. This study contributes to the literature on museum education in Hong Kong, which is a relatively new area of study in Asia. This study is also the first museum visitor survey done on a university population in ... »
  • Measuring the Impact of Interactive Science Programs on Science Learning
    Date: 05/01/2003
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, researchers for the University of North Carolina at Asheville describe findings from their study that assessed the impact of two interactive, hands-on, informal science-learning programs on elementary and middle school children's (1) general interest in science learning and (2) short-term science learning. They used a separate- ... »
  • The Museum Goer's Motives: The Social and the Sublime
    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 ... »
  • Recent Advances in the Neurosciences: Implications for Visitor Studies
    Date: 01/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, John H. Falk, of Science Learning, inc., provides a brief overview of brain research and suggests implications for the museum field in terms of to define and measure learning. ... »
  • Assessment of Museum World Wide Web Home Page Formats
    Date: 01/01/1997
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This paper presents background information, methodology and findings from an exploratory study conducted in 1996 by researchers at Colorado State University, Department of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism. Researchers examined museum home page format and suggest criteria for future assessment of WWW home pages and their effectiveness. The ... »
  • Interpreting Ethiopian Culture: Connecting Process, Product, and Artist
    Date: 01/01/1996
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, Margaret M. Ropp of the Michigan State University Museum discusses a study that explored visitors' experiences with the exhibit, "Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity" and the role that the video interpretation played. The exhibition team was concerned that African art is often seen as primitive, anonymous, and devoid of creativity, ... »

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