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ERIC Number: EJ1172680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
"Why Do Parrots Talk?" Co-Investigation as a Model for Promoting Family Learning through Conversation in a Natural History Gallery
Harris, Emily; Winterbottom, Mark
Journal of Biological Education, v52 n1 p89-100 2018
Research into how and what families learn in science museums and other informal science learning settings suggests that parent-child interactions play an important role in shaping children's learning experiences. Our exploratory case study set out to discover and analyse learning happening within family groups during a visit to a traditional museum natural history gallery. Research methods were influenced by a growing body of literature that looks for learning in family visitor talk. Conversations of 18 families were recorded as they explored a gallery after being introduced to six learning games which fostered a 'climate of inquiry' and which were designed to spark family dialogue. Our findings indicate that families adopt a range of interactional approaches for building meaning together in a museum gallery. These approaches fell along a spectrum that varied according to the level of co-investigation and co-operation between group members. We suggest that family learning could be supported in informal learning contexts through simple, low-cost learning strategies that encourage dialogue and co-investigatory behaviours. [This paper was presented at the ERIDOB conference 2016.]
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
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