Finding Significance

Date: 
Sunday, September 10, 2000 to Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Adults | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM | Nature of science
Organization:
Exploratorium
Description: 

The Exploratorium will conduct a controlled, two-year research project, titled "Finding Significance," to study how different exhibit presentation techniques affect visitors' abilities to make meaning -- or find significance -- and how such techniques impact learning. The techniques will be applied to a varied sample of five exhibits commonly found in science and children's museums. The exhibit design techniques include a) sharing scientist and exhibit developer stories, b) sharing visitor stories, and c) modeling inquiry. Although each technique shows promise at eliciting personal significance, they have yet to be rigorously tested and applied to the same set of exhibits to compare relative strengths and weaknesses. Five baseline exhibits, plus four variations of each, will be tested on groups of visitors, including adults, children and mixed groups of both.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
ISE/AISL
Award Number: 
0072917
Funding Amount: 
451628

Team Members

Sue AllenPrincipal Investigator
Kathleen McLeanKathleen McLeanCo-Principal Investigator

Request to Edit a Resource

If you would like to edit a resource, please use this form to submit your request.