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Literature Review

Science museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums: Different but the same

January 1, 2015 | Public Programs, Exhibitions
Rather than focusing on how different they are, this literature review details shared characteristics of science museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums in order to contribute to an ecological view of learning. This article identifies four shared characteristics of these informal science environments: motives and goals, staging of popular science, physical layout, and social exchange and participation. The learning outcomes encompass not only knowledge acquisition but also changes in interests and beliefs.


  • Suzanne Perin
    University of Washington
  • Citation

    Resource Type: Research Products
    Discipline: General STEM
    Audience: Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits

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