Reflection: A Tool to Deepen Learning and Make It Visible

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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Blog Post | Reference Materials
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Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Families | Museum/ISE Professionals
Art, music, and theater | Education and learning science | Engineering | Technology
Chicago Children's Museum

As professionals, we often assume that the engaging experiences visitors have in our exhibits and programs will lead to long-term learning. But how do we know this is happening, and, moreover, how do we design exhibits, programs and interactions to maximize visitors’ ability to learn from their experiences?  At Chicago Children’s Museum a long- standing research collaboration with Northwestern University and Loyola, Chicago University has allowed us to examine how families’ conversational reflections during and after their in-museum experiences impact children’s ability to process and recall what they did during hands-on experiences.  Based on our work, this article suggests a number of tips and techniques for supporting children's STEM learning.

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Team Members

Tsivia CohenTsivia CohenPrincipal Investigator
Kim KoinKim KoinProject Staff

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