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ERIC Number: EJ886574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Recollections of Exhibits: Stimulated-Recall Interviews with Primary School Children about Science Centre Visits
DeWitt, Jennifer; Osborne, Jonathan
International Journal of Science Education, v32 n10 p1365-1388 Jul 2010
One issue of interest to practitioners and researchers in science centres concerns what meanings visitors are making from their interactions with exhibits and how they make sense of these experiences. The research reported in this study is an exploratory attempt, therefore, to investigate this process by using video clips and still photographs of schoolchildren's interactions with science centre exhibits. These stimuli were used to facilitate reflection about those interactions in follow-up interviews. The data for this study were 63 small group interviews with UK primary school children (129 students, ages 9-11). Interviews were transcribed and then analysed for common themes. The analysis presented here explores how students explain or interpret particular exhibits and the extent to which they were cognitively engaged by the process of observing their interactions with exhibits. The findings show that digital media enable students to re-visit their experience and engage them with the content underlying science centre exhibits. There was, however, little difference between the patterns of response stimulated by video as opposed to photographs. It seems that such "re-visitations" of exhibit interactions could serve as a valuable means of developing further students' scientific concepts and exploiting the value for learning from the experience afforded by informal contexts. (Contains 6 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom