Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Learning from a dive show in an aquarium setting
by Walsh, Lori M., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 112; 1595797
Abstract (Summary)

A study was conducted at an aquarium next to a theme park to understand information recalled from two versions of shows viewed at the largest display. The goal of this research was to determine if learning was enhanced by having a diver in water as the treatment group. This project focused on the knowledge recalled about shark and ray feeding adaptations, the information recalled about the mentioned conservation message about sustainable seafood and the potential of the two shows to make memorable experiences. During the project, 30 adult participants from each group were given a survey with five open-ended questions. Results suggest that the diver might distract from biological content information, or that the diver is such a novel element that it interferes with recall. While guests seemed to recall information about rays and sharks, the amount of information was not substantial. It appears that the diver does not affect content messaging but does impact whether guests attend to Seafood Watch messaging. The diver may have been so novel that the treatment group could not attend to the conservation message that was delivered, regardless of topic, or the control group recalled the message because the guests were not distracted by the diver or feeding. The absence of a diver seems to allow the guests to better attend to what is happening outside of the tank.

While adding a diver increases photo opportunities and may bring guests to a show, the results seem to indicate that it does not significantly increase recall. The results of this study show that guests in a theme park setting can recall information from an educational program. Guests may not enter this hybrid aquarium with the intention of learning, but recall, one of the components in learning, does occur.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kisiel, James
Commitee: Kopczak, Chuck, Straits, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Science education
Keywords: Adaptation, Aquarium, Conservation, Dive show, Interpretation, Recall
Publication Number: 1595797
ISBN: 978-1-321-95330-5
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