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ERIC Number: ED454238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-9
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Doing Collaborative Museum Education Research: A Comparison of Findings from Two Case Studies on Educational Delivery at a Canadian Science Centre.
Livingstone, Phaedra; Lemelin, Nathalie
Researchers examined two independent museum education studies conducted at the same large science center in Toronto, Canada, and considered the implications of both studies for museum education. Study "A" explored museum development practice and its relation to casual visitor understandings of key concepts. Study "B" engaged science center educators in critical reflection on their pedagogical practices related to the delivery of a design and technology workshop. Study A was a multiple method qualitative case study that included semi-structured interviews with 10 exhibit development staff members and 25 visitors, exhibit content analysis, text analysis of more than 3,000 visitor comments, and a scan of boxes of exhibit development documentation. Study B used a naturalistic inquiry approach to the reflections of museum staff. Reflecting on the studies together, in a sort of meta analysis, provided insights into the nature of informal science learning in the museum. The dialogical reflection of the researchers resulted in several insights, the most significant of which related to the mapping of inquiry competencies into available professional museum competency schemas. This exercise highlighted gaps in which the analytical skills of front-line staff are not recognized or valued. Results demonstrate the usefulness of shared reflection and the recognition of research and reflective inquiry as "pan-museum" professional skills. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)