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ERIC Number: EJ895428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
What Is This Exhibit Showing You? Insights from Stimulated Recall Interviews with Primary School Children
DeWitt, Jennifer E.
Journal of Museum Education, v33 n2 p165-173 Sum 2008
What meaning visitors make from their interactions with science center exhibits--and "how" they do so--is an issue of enduring interest in the field of learning in informal contexts. In order to explore what resources schoolchildren bring to bear in making meaning, this study used video clips taken during school trips to prompt reflection in stimulated recall interviews. The results indicated that students utilized their existing science understandings to interpret and explain their interactions with exhibits. Such findings provide evidence for the educative value of the experience as well as raising questions as to how these interactions can be scaffolded--both during the visit and after--to promote further learning. (Contains 1 table and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom