ERIC Number: ED455100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
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Comment Cards and Visitors' Understanding of the Cultural Context of Science.
Livingstone, Phaedra; Pedretti, Erminia; Soren, Barbara J.
This exhibit was developed through an interactive display against a traditional phenomenological approach. The research report addressed in this paper focuses on informal science learning and points out the need for analyzing the large-scale data gatherings of museums and their visitors. The paper addresses the methodology involved in systematically finding meaning in the over 3,000 visitor responses to a controversial science exhibit called "A Question of Truth." The exhibit was designed by the Ontario Science Center (OSC) and attempts to demonstrate the cultural, personal, and political influences on science by the backgrounds of its practitioners. This paper mainly focuses on one study of four which involved a text analysis technique. These analyses help to understand visitors' responses and attitudes toward the presentation of an exhibit on subject matters such as truth, prejudice, race, bias, and social change in an informal setting. (Contains 35 references.) (YDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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