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Creating a Learning Environment that Fosters Parent-Child Interactions: A Case Study from the Animal Secrets Exhibition Project

April 13, 2009 | Exhibitions
In the recent exhibition project Animal Secrets, we looked at the impact of three strategies for fostering parent-child interactions in an exhibition for young children: environmental design, types of activities, and labels. Results from our study indicate that all three strategies can support parent-child interactions, but environmental design and activity type were more effective than labels overall in promoting parent-child collaboration. Mixed results for exhibit labels suggest the need for further research into how best to communicate with parents of young children in an exhibition.


  • Karyn Bertschi
    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
  • Ann Elkins
    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
  • Citation

    Publication Name: Visitor Studies Association
    Resource Type: Reference Materials
    Discipline: Education and learning science | Life science
    Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Educators/Teachers
    Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits

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