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Going APE (Active Prolonged Engagement) at the Exploratorium: Phase I Summative Evaluation Report

April 1, 2004 | Exhibitions
This study is the first phase of a two-part summative evaluation of a National Science Foundation-funded research/development project to investigate the development of exhibits that elicit active prolonged engagement (APE) among casual museum visitors. Naturalistic methodology was used to frame the research. Methods included unobtrusive observations, depth interviews, and tracking-and-timing. Forty-six unobtrusive observations and 35 related depth interviews were conducted on site at the Exploratorium from August 5 through 10, 2003. After all observations/interviews had been completed, additional time-at-exhibit data was collected from August 12 to 15, 2003. The appendix of this report includes the observation protocol used in the study.


  • 2014 10 23 01a2764ce1d28af2e21bf9cc169043e30182995a5d
    Selinda Research Associates
  • Exploratorium
  • Citation


    Funding Program: ISE/AISL
    Award Number: 0087844
    Funding Amount: 1284590
    Resource Type: Observation Protocol | Evaluation Reports | Summative
    Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
    Audience: General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
    Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits

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