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ERIC Number: ED259957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Mutual Benefits of Children's Museum/School of Education Cooperation.
Ault, Charles R., Jr.; And Others
Museums are the fastest growing educational institutions in the United States. They provide the introduction to science for many children and are a major source of continuing education for adults. This paper discusses cooperative programs between The Children's Museum (Indianapolis) and the Indiana University School of Education. These programs are built around a series of open-ended, Piagetian type interviews of visitors conducted by preservice teachers. The interviews are aimed at determining a visitor's perceptions and scientific explanations of the exhibits. Beginning with a history of the museum and the development of its hands-on, interactive Science Spectrum (an 11,000 square foot exhibit of physics and chemistry for children), the paper considers variables critical to designing the museum environment. Several questions about adult/parent affects upon learning in museums, children's learning, and items for future research are raised. Field experiences of the preservice teachers, goals of their activities, and course requirements are described. Several examples of interview data are provided, along with a discussion of the effects of the data on the design of exhibits, the development of science objectives and curricula, and improvements in prospective teachers questioning techniques. (Author/DH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A