What Makes Learning Fun?: Principles for the Design of Intrinsically Motivating Museum Exhibits

What Makes Learning Fun?: Principles for the Design of Intrinsically Motivating Museum Exhibits

by Deborah L. Perry

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Overview

Although much has been written in recent years on what museum visitors actually experience, there is little research-backed guidance available for developing meaningful exhibits and programs for specific educational purposes. Deborah Perry looks at what we know about the experiences of people in museums and other informal learning settings, and then shares a set of tested principles and strategies—known as the Selinda Model—for the design of effective museum exhibits. Along the way, she showcases examples of both effective and ineffective exhibit designs drawn from two decades of work in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759108851
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Deborah L. Perry is the director of Selinda Research Associates in Chicago. She specializes in research on and evaluation of the museum visitor experience.

Table of Contents

List of Strategies
List of Figures

Introduction

PART I: Understanding Visitor Experiences
1. Visitors, Conversation, and Learning
2. Interpretive Activism
3. The Selinda Model of Visitor Learning

PART II: Designing Visitor Experiences
4. Communication
Principle 1: Collaboration
Principle 2: Guidance

5. Curiosity
Principle 3: Perceptual Curiosity
Principle 4: Intellectual Curiosity
Principle 5: Interest

6. Confidence
Principle 6: Success
Principle 7: Expediency

7. Challenge
Principle 8: Expectations
Principle 9: Uncertainty

8. Control
Principle 10: Choice
Principle 11: Power

9. Play
Principle 12: Imagination
Principle 13: Sensory Exploration

Appendix A: Descriptions of the Colored Shadows and The Color Connection Exhibits
Appendix B: Overview of Original Research
Appendix C: The What Makes Learning Fun? Framework
Appendix D: Sample Knowledge Hierarchies

Acknowledgments
References
Index
About the Author

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