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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.

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What do Primary Students Gain From Discussion About Exhibits?

The number of organised visits by classes, particularly from primary schools (grades 1-7), to museums of all kinds has increased steadily in many countries over the past decade. Museums which emphasise science and technology have been exceptionally busy, perhaps because of the increasingly central place allocated to the subject in the curriculum in many countries. McManus (1992) has distinguished between those science museums organised on a thematic basis, where education is seem primarily as the provision of information (Chambers, 1990) and those organised on a conceptual basis, where the intention is to support the development of specific ideas, in “science centres”.

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