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ERIC Number: EJ1148205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Conducting Research in a Medical Science Museum: Lessons Learned from Collaboration between Researchers and Museum Educators
Durksen, Tracy L.; Martin, Andrew J.; Burns, Emma C.; Ginns, Paul; Williamson, Derek; Kiss, Julia
Journal of Museum Education, v42 n3 p273-283 2017
Museums promote co-learning through the construction of a social community, one that involves personal, physical, and sociocultural contexts. As researchers and museum educators, we report some of our contextual reflections and recommendations that emerged from our collaborative learning experience of conducting research in a medical science museum. Guided by an established 6P model of museum learning ("place," "purpose," "person," "people," "process," and "product"), we articulate our experiences and propose an additional P ("partnership") with eight steps--beginning with relationship building and culminating in dissemination to varied audiences. Using examples from our research of children and young adolescents' experience of a science and health-related museum program entitled "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse," we identify principles, factors, and processes that contributed to the success of our museum-based research. By presenting the lessons we learned, we aim to help guide future research endeavors of others considering interdisciplinary museum research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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