Understanding Interactions at Science Centers and Museums

Approaching Sociocultural Perspectives

  • Editors
  • Eva Davidsson
  • Anders Jakobsson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Eva Davidsson, Anders Jakobsson
    Pages 1-2
  3. Doris Ash, Judith Lombana, Lucia Alcala
    Pages 23-44
  4. Erminia Pedretti
    Pages 45-61
  5. Judith S. Lederman, Gary M. Hollyday, Norman Lederman
    Pages 97-114
  6. Terence P McClafferty, Léonie Rennie
    Pages 129-145
  7. Tali Tal
    Pages 193-206
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 207-209

About this book


There is an increasing interest in understanding learning and knowledge development when visitors attend informal institutions, such as museums, science centers, aquariums and botanical gardens. But in what ways do visitors develop new knowledge, skills and awareness about displayed issues in these kinds of settings and how does the exhibition environment affect and scaffold learning processes? In this book, the authors turn their attention to visitors’ and staff members’ actions and dialogues during the visits in order to identify and study learning situations. A common approach is the use and development of socio-cultural and cultural-historical frameworks and theories as means for coming closer to the significance of interactions at different levels and in different contexts. The individual chapters cover learning interactions in relation to staff members’ roles and identities, family visits, exhibitions as resources for professional development and school visits.



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