Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Museum and Field Studies
New research in science and technology is emerging today at a faster pace than ever, and staying informed can be challenging for the public, especially families with younger children. Museums are already a resource to promote science literacy, and museum educators are trained to make all kinds of scientific ideas accessible to a variety of audiences. Unfortunately, because emerging science is fast-paced and ever-changing, many museums - especially smaller institutions - do not have the staff or budgetary resources to present this research to a wide audience. This study surveyed current literature in museum education and science learning, and current museum professionals from a range of institutions, to create a gallery guide that is flexible and easy to update for a museum, and that provides a fun and educational tool for family visitors. The study also includes a protocol to assist museum educators in collaborating with the researchers providing the science content.
Holm, Jessica L., "Intergenerational Groups and Emerging Science: How Can Museums Facilitate Learning?" (2013). University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 5.