Designing for educational play in museums

Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Research Brief | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
General STEM
Organization:
Exploratorium
Description: 

Dancu, Gutwill, and Hido describe a process for designing science museum exhibits to create playful learning experiences. They outline five characteristics of play: It is structured by constraints, active without being stressful, focused on process not outcome, self-directed, and imaginative. For each characteristic, they offer an example of iterative design using formative evaluation.

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