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ERIC Number: ED289742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 149
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The Educational Role of Zoos: A Synthesis of the Literature (1928-1987) with Annotated Bibliography.
Churchman, David
Zoos generally claim their four purposes to be conservation, research, entertainment, and education. This paper is intended to synthesize the literature relevant to the educational function and provide an annotated bibliography of that literature. The first section of the synthesis, "Audiences," addresses staff, volunteers, outreach programs, and cooperation with schools and universities. The second section, "Purposes," traces the changes in the focus of zoo education, particularly over the past two decades. The next section, "Educational Components of Zoos," looks at animals, enclosures, areas, plants, signs, publications, and libraries. The fourth section, "Factors Affecting Education in Zoos," focuses on attendance levels, demographics, utilization patterns, temporal patterns, and social patterns. The final section of the synthesis, "Research on the Educational Impact of Zoos," examines various approaches to research on visitors to zoos. The remainder of the document is comprised of an annotated bibliography containing approximately 400 citations of literature published between 1928 and 1987 that pertain either to visitor behavior, education, or related research methods. (TW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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