Creating a Program to Deepen Family Inquiry at Interactive Science Exhibits

Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Resource Type:
Research Products | Peer-reviewed article
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Games, Simulations, and Interactives, Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Families | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM | Physics
Organization:
Exploratorium, Allen and Associates
Description: 

A team of researchers and practitioners developed a museum program to coach families in the skills of scientific inquiry at interactive exhibits. The program was inspired by the increasing focus on scientific inquiry in schools and the growing number of open-ended exhibit designs in science museums. The development process involved major decisions in two arenas: which inquiry skills to teach, and what pedagogical strategies to use to teach them. After many rounds of refinement based on evaluation with families, the final program, called Inquiry Games, improved visitors' inquiry behavior in several ways and was rated as very enjoyable by them. This article emphasizes the design process and insights that arose from it.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
REESE
Award Number: 
0411826
Funding Amount: 
1256847
Citation
ISSN:
2151-6952
Publication Name: 
Curator: The Museum Journal
Volume: 
52
Number: 
3
Page Number: 
289
Document:

Team Members

Sue AllenAuthor
Josh GutwillAuthor

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