We Always Spend Time Together on Sundays: Grandparents and Informal Learning.

Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2007
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Undergraduate/Graduate Students | Seniors | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM
Organization:
University of Pittsburgh
Description: 

This study compared grandparent–grandchild groups who experienced an informal science exhibition by visiting a museum or by visiting a website. Although intergenerational learning is often the focus of visitor research, few studies have focused specifically on grandparents as an audience. Do they have unique intergenerational needs that museums and websites are not yet supporting? Do they find museums and websites to be good places to learn alongside their grandchildren? The authors’ findings suggested that grandparents prefer museums as locations for intergenerational learning because the museum environment is more supportive of social engagement in ways that allow grandparents to accomplish their own visiting agendas. In contrast, the web appeared to introduce conflict between grandparent and grandchild agendas.

Citation
DOI:
10.1080/10645570701585129
Publication Name: 
Visitor Studies
Volume: 
10
Number: 
2
Page Number: 
136
Document:

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