ERIC Number: ED443709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Science Theater as an Interpretive Technique in a Science Museum.
Black, Dana Riley; Goldowsky, Alexander
This paper investigates high school students' reactions to the science theater play "Mapping the Soul," which was developed by the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. Science theater is both an educational technique and a type of museum theater. This study explores these questions: (1) Do students differentiate learning science from science theater as compared to a traditional science class? (2) How are specific theatrical techniques--namely conflict between characters and audience participation--perceived by the audience? (3) After seeing a production of "Mapping the Soul," to what extent are students able to reason about the social, moral, and/or ethical implications related to the Human Genome Project? (YDS)
Descriptors: Aquariums, Dramatic Play, Ethical Instruction, High School Students, High Schools, Learning Processes, Middle Schools, Moral Development, Museums, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Theater Arts, Zoos
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).