Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Enthusiastic Educators and Interested Visitors: Investigating the Relationships between Museum Educators' Enthusiasm and Visitors' Situational Interest
by Liu, ChangChia James, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2018, 85; 10844568
Abstract (Summary)

Informal education environments like museums have become some of the most important educational resources. Although much attention has been paid to museum settings and programs, little is known about how museum educators support visitors’ learning and intrinsic motivation. In particular, there is a need to investigate museum educators’ enthusiasm, considering that enthusiasm is a powerful way of creating an engaging learning experience across various subjects and environments. In this study, I investigate museum educators’ enthusiasm as perceived by adult visitors through the lens of interest development. The results I found (N = 209) indicate a strong positive relationship between museum educators’ enthusiasm and visitors’ situational interest. Visitors’ reports of educators’ enthusiasm were directly related to catch interest (β = .74) and indirectly to hold interest (β = .46). In addition, educators’ enthusiasm mediated the connection between prior individual interest and catch interest. Visitors’ prior individual interest was also moderately related to both their catch (β = .28) and hold interest (β = .37). Limitations and directions for future studies are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mantzicopoulos, P. Youli
Commitee: Krockover, Gerald H., Maeda, Yukiko, Patrick, Helen
School: Purdue University
Department: Educational Studies
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational psychology, Museum studies
Keywords: Informal learning, Interest development, Museum education, Museum educator, Situational interest, Teacher enthusiasm
Publication Number: 10844568
ISBN: 9780438368903
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