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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Making connections: Listening to visitor conversations at different styles of sea jelly exhibits
by Galvan, Tamara M., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 83; 1523215
Abstract (Summary)

This study sought to determine what types of connections to prior experiences and knowledge were being made at two different styles of exhibits focusing on sea jellies.

Family groups, consisting of one or two adults with one or two children aged 6-11, were audio recorded and tracked as they visited a view-only or touch pool sea jelly exhibit. A short interview was given after their visit to the sea jelly exhibit. The discourse from the exhibit and survey were coded for types of learning talk. Coding was also done to determine the inspiration for the connection and the subject of the connection (structural or behavioral).

Visitors made connections regardless of the seajelly.exhibit design and results showed no differences in the type or frequency of the connections made. However, visitors were more likely to make connections on the subject of the sea jelly structure at the view only exhibit. Many of the connections, regardless of subject or inspiration, were metaphoric connections, demonstrating the importance of metaphors for making prior experience connections. Findings provide useful information for future aquarium practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kisiel, James
Commitee: Gomez-Zwiep, Susan, Rowe, Shawn
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Science education
Publication Number: 1523215
ISBN: 978-1-303-20504-0
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