Using Museums to Popularise Science and Technology

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Museums of all sorts and science centres offer excellent opportunities in popularising science and technology to achieve scientific and technological literacy. Science and technology educators and teachers will particularly find this book useful in determining how they could use those facilities effectively in making teaching science and technology enjoyable and contextual. The museum curators and science centres on the other hand will be able to use the book to assist teachers in their efforts to bring relevance and fun in the learning of these subjects.



Evaluating the Design of Interactive Exhibits

All science centres have a mission statement, which includes some kind of intent to improve the public appreciation, understanding or awareness of science. Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre in Australia aspires to be a Centre that “raises national awareness, fosters understanding and instills positive attitudes to science and technology”. Aims such as these are, however, impossible to evaluate in a quantitative way, since such evaluation implies exhaustive pre-visit and post-visit testing both of visitors and non-visitors.


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