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Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
The story from the museum may not be read by visitors, who come with their own knowledge and understanding and read a different story in the animals. The visitors read a story which makes sense to them and builds on what they already know and interests them. Increasingly, robotics models are being used in natural history museums, science centers,…
Descriptors: Paleontology, Animals, Robotics, Museums
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Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – International Journal of Science Education, 2000
Exhibits are a way of self-guided presentation in which visitors use their own knowledge and understanding. Studies a self-guided group visiting an exhibition on dinosaurs which are displayed as robotic models. Finds that the animatronics have a well thought out storyline that increases family and school visitors' understanding of the exhibit…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Biology, Concept Formation, Dinosaurs
Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – 2000
A visit to the natural history museum is part of many pupils' educational program. One way of investigating what children learn about animals is to examine the mental models they reveal through their talk when they come face to face with animal representations. In this study, representations were provided by: (1) robotic models in a museum; (2)…
Descriptors: Animals, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Models
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Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Reiss, Michael J. – School Science and Mathematics, 2000
Investigates children's knowledge about animals by examining the mental models they reveal through their talk when they see animal representations. Presents a study in which representations were provided by robotic models in a museum, preserved animals in a museum, and preserved animals borrowed from a museum and presented in a school setting.…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Animals, Elementary Secondary Education, Knowledge Level
Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale; Reiss, Michael J. – 1999
This study examines what children learn about animals. The mental models that children reveal through their talk when they are faced with several different types of representations are reviewed. These representations are provided by robotic models in a museum, preserved animals in a museum, and preserved animals borrowed from a museum and…
Descriptors: Animals, Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 1999
Compares the content of conversations generated by elementary school groups at animatronic animal displays in a temporary zoo exhibit and in a permanent natural-history museum exhibit. Finds that moving animal models in themselves are insufficient to induce many visitors to talk about them in other than a superficial, cursory manner. Contains 17…
Descriptors: Animals, Discourse Analysis, Display Aids, Elementary Education