Published by a group of informal science centers known as PISEC (which includes museums, a zoo and an aquarium), this handbook is intended for museum practitioners and visitor behavior researchers. It details the group’s three-phase investigation into the learning that occurs among families in museums. The handbook includes a literature review, and explains the group’s […]
In this article, Minda Borun covers the basics of family learning in museums and places family learning within the wider context of informal learning. She also provides a summary of existing research regarding exhibit design, and provides examples of museums that have designed exhibits for multi-generational families.
Minda Borun describes formal and informal learning in museums and classrooms, as well as her 7 characteristics of family-friendly exhibits. A Family Learning Roundtable Presentation by Minda Borun June 14, 2005 Presentation Outline FORMAL LEARNING IS CLASSROOM BASED Students are uniform in age Teacher leads Formal arrangement Tests Certification process INFORMAL LEARNING IS IN THE […]
Why should I use this technique? A flipbook or questioning interactive is simple, cheap, engaging and effective. Families sit, smile and converse, laughing and learning together. It can be used to foreshadow exhibit elements, and it invites the audience to pause for a moment and consider the experience ahead.
Families are significantly more likely to have conversations around multi-sided exhibits than they are near single-sided exhibits. Multi-sided exhibits take up a larger footprint, a challenge in galleries with less space. The benefit is changing how visitors, especially groups of visitors, use your museum.
Minda Borun’s article about the museum as an informal learning space and how an individual’s experience is informed by the other members of their visiting group.
When the USS Constitution Museum decided to design a prototype exhibition for families, we turned to two key concepts: Significant research has been done in Science museums and Children’s museums that can be applied to history museum exhibitions. Emotional and intangible content may be a unique advantage history museums can capitalize on. Science and children’s […]
An introduction to the 7 characteristics of family-friendly exhibits as defined by “The Family Science Learning Research Project” also referred to as PISEC.