ERIC Number: ED418873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Increased Learning of Physical Science Concepts via Multimedia Exhibit Compared to Hands-On Exhibit in a Science Museum.
Ayres, Roberta; Melear, Claudia T.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of an interactive multimedia exhibit is more effective than a traditional hands-on exhibit in teaching physical science in a museum setting. The Simple Machine exhibit, a permanent display at the East Tennessee Discovery Center, was used as a comparison with an interactive computer exhibit. Elementary school students (N=104) took a multiple-choice quiz before entering into the museum and again after interacting with the exhibits. A random sample was selected in order to determine whether the students would experience the traditional or the multimedia exhibit. Results indicate that there is an increase in science learning when students interact with a multimedia exhibit when compared to the hands-on exhibit. Also, there appears to be no significant difference in the holding power of the exhibits. Both exhibits were very efficient in attracting and engaging students, and statistical tests indicate no gender differences in learning or in holding power. (Contains 33 references.) (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).