The Adult Child Interaction Inventory (ACII) was the product of a three-year NSF-funded research project that aimed to better understand the non-verbal and verbal interactions between adults and preschool children in museums during STEM programs. The ACII was used to develop and evaluate an exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum. The research team identified six roles that were most commonly exhibited by adults, and created a list of observable behaviors. This report presents the method, results, and discussion of the research study.
Beaumont, Lorrie. Developing the Adult Child Interaction Inventory: A Methodological Study. Evergreene Research and Evaluation, Dec. 2010.
This is an observation and interview instrument, which can be used by museum educators and preschool teachers to better understand how families interact in informal science situations. The tool can be used by researchers to code interactions and inform exhibit design elements.
Beaumont, Lorrie. The Adult Child Interaction Inventory: A Tool for Exhibit Development and Evaluation. Evergreene Research and Evaluation.
This guide summarizes the research study, and provides instruction for how to use the observation and interview instrument and the accompanying DVD for exhibit design and evaluation, and staff training.
Boston Children’s Museum. The Adult Child Interaction Inventory and Resource DVD Guide.