For my question, I would like to focus on this paragraph from your prospectus.
"Through the development of informal education interventions, ranging from museum exhibits to board games to workshops, we can examine what methods are more or less effective at improving various audience’s conceptualization of topics with such non human scale cognitive barriers, particularly in comparison to more traditional formal (classroom) education methods. My research goals are to determine whether informal education methods can be more effective at overcoming the challenges of engaging audiences in understanding biological topics that fall outside of the comfortable scales of human conceptualization. Examining this through a combination of formal education methods (lecture, laboratory) informal methods (games, exhibits, self-presenting/guiding materials) and nonformal methods (hands on activities, workshops, noncurriculum based education) will allow for the development of better means to present concepts in a way that audiences can more successfully engage with, learn, and integrate into their perception of the world.”
Through a written paper, please discuss how learning might occur in museums and how it might be different than learning in formal classrooms. Also, discuss the variety of education interventions that have been used in museums historically and how each might impact visitor learning. I’m fine with an open-book format and here are some citations to get you started. We’ve already discussed some of them.
Afonso, A.S., & Gilbert, J.K. (2007). Educational value of different types of exhibits in an interactive science and technology center. Science Education, 91, 967-987.
Allen, S. (2004). Designs for learning: Studying science museum exhibits that do more than entertain. Science Education, 88 (1), 17-34.
Bamberger, Y., & Tal, T. (2006). Learning in a personal context: Levels of choice in a free choice learning environment in science and natural history museums. Science Education, 91 (1), 75-95.
Falk, J.H., & Dierking, L.D. (2000). Learning from museums: Visitor experiences and the making of meaning. New York: Altamira Press.
Fenichel, M., & Schweingruber, H.A. (2010). Surrounded by science: Learning science in informal environments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Rennie, L. (2014). Learning Science Outside of School, in Lederman, N. and Abell, S. (ed), Handbook of Research on Science Education Volume II, pp. 120-144. USA: Routledge.
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