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Title: Going Deep: Supporting Collaborative Exploration of Evolution in Natural History Museums
Authors: Davis, Pryce
Horn, Michael
Schrementi, Laurel
Block, Florian
Phillips, Brenda
Evans, E. Margaret
Diamond, Judy
Shen, Chia
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Davis, P., Horn, M., Schrementi, L., Block, F., Phillips, B., Evans, E. M., Diamond, J., & Shen, C. (2013). Going Deep: Supporting Collaborative Exploration of Evolution in Natural History Museums. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 — Full Papers & Symposia (pp. 153-160). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We provide an analysis of pairs of children interacting with a multi-touch tabletop exhibit designed to help museum visitors learn about evolution and the tree of life. The exhibit's aim is to inspire visitors with a sense of wonder at life's diversity while providing insight into key evolutionary concepts such as common descent. We find that children negotiate their interaction with the exhibit in a variety of ways including reactive, articulated, and contemplated exploration. These strategies in turn influence the ways in which children make meaning through their experiences. We consider how specific aspects of the exhibit design shape these collaborative exploration and meaning-making activities.
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