How the Affordances of Materials Affect Visitors' Interactions with an Exhibit

Date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Families | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Engineering | Nature of science | Technology
Organization:
Museum of Science, Boston
Description: 

This paper reports a formative evaluation of an interactive exhibit in the Museum of Science, Boston, that encouraged visitors to create a model using everyday materials. The materials provided for visitors to create their models changed during the period of the evaluation, and visitors were observed and interviewed as they engaged with the various prototypes. Evaluation results show that the type of modeling material presented influenced the visitors' model making process and individual learning and behaviors as well as the interactions visitors had with each other.

Citation
ISSN:
1064-5578
Publication Name: 
Visitor Studies Today
Volume: 
8
Number: 
2
Page Number: 
13
Document:

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