ERIC Number: ED391673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Using Visits to Interactive Science and Technology Centers, Museums, Aquaria and Zoos To Promote Learning in Science.
Rennie, Leonie J.; McClafferty, Terence P.
Interactive science and technology centers are flourishing throughout the world. Displays in museums, aquaria and zoos are becoming much more interactive. These places offer exciting opportunities for school children to experience science and technology in a stimulating environment. But do such centers affect learning? Do they offer valuable motivational opportunities for students to learn science? If so, how can teachers use them to promote students' engagement in school science, which might seem boring and mundane by comparison? A review of research related to science learning is presented, together with a summary of findings intended to assist teachers to use these centers effectively. Contains 104 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: This paper received the 1995 award for the Implications of Research for Educational Practice from the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Educational Research (Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, November 1993).