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ERIC Number: EJ1032674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 115
ISSN: ISSN-0046-1520
Understanding and Engagement in Places of Science Experience: Science Museums, Science Centers, Zoos, and Aquariums
Schwan, Stephan; Grajal, Alejandro; Lewalter, Doris
Educational Psychologist, v49 n2 p70-85 2014
Science museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums (MCZAs) constitute major settings of science learning with unique characteristics of informal science education. Emphasis will be given to the analysis of four specific characteristics of MCZAs that seem relevant for educational research and practice, namely, conditions of mixed motives and goals, staged popular science, and impact of physical layout, as well as the role of social exchange and participation. By doing so, we focus on the consequences of these characteristics for the learning processes and outcomes of visits of MCZAs. We show that outcomes encompass not only knowledge acquisition in a narrower sense but also changes in interest and beliefs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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