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ERIC Number: EJ1163792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1492-6156
Preventing Youth Pregnancy: Dialogue and Deliberation in a Science Museum Exhibit
Navas-Iannini, Ana Maria; Pedretti, Erminia
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v17 n4 p271-287 2017
In this article, we explore how visitors engage with a science museum exhibit that displays controversial topics. Through a case study methodology, we focus on the Brazilian exhibit "Preventing Youth Pregnancy" that delves into teen pregnancy, sexual practices, and sexually transmitted diseases. Using the lens of science communication (an emergent field of research) we explore (a) communication patterns established between the exhibit and the public and (b) the dimensions of engagement that visitors experienced. Data were collected through observations and interviews with visitors, field notes, exit comment cards, and interviews with staffers. Our findings revealed the potential of articulating different models of science communication and exposed a visitor experience in which informed decision making, sharing of personal stories, co-production of knowledge, and learning how to care (and act) were at play while negotiating the complexities of the issues raised by the displays.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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