Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Museum and Field Studies

First Advisor

James Hakala

Second Advisor

Jen Shannon

Third Advisor

Susan Jurow

Fourth Advisor

John O'Malley

Abstract

This paper presents the results of an observational study focused on the social interactions occurring in school groups participating in the Colorado Time Travelers Program, a guided-program for elementary school age children at the History Colorado Center in Denver, Colorado. This study seeks to identify, describe, and categorize the social patterns that occur between the various members of the guided program which include the school program facilitator, the students, the chaperones, and the classroom teachers. The purpose of this study is to help the History Colorado Center better understand the social nature of their school programs and to act as a preliminary step toward evaluating the success of their school programs. The results of this study will also provide education staff at the History Colorado Center with a set of behavioral codes that can be used in future studies or evaluations of their school group programming. Likewise, this study aims to contribute to the field of museum education by adding to knowledge concerned with the role social interaction plays in museum school group programming.

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