Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Museum and Field Studies
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.
Reed, Aubrie Yvonne, "A Study of School Group Social Interaction at the History Colorado Center" (2015). University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 12.