Museum of Natural History: An opportunity for families to enhance learning and improve practice.

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Gkouskou, E. and Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale 2016. Museum of Natural History: An opportunity for families to enhance learning and improve practice. in: Powell, Sacha and Hryniewicz, Liz (ed.) OMEP World Organisation for Early Childhood Education: Proceedings of the OMEP European Conference 2016 The Place of the Child in the 21st Century Organised and hosted by UK OMEP Canterbury Christ Church University OMEP. pp. 151-161
AuthorsGkouskou, E. and Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale
EditorsPowell, Sacha and Hryniewicz, Liz
Abstract

Τhe nature of scientific research goes beyond the learning of concepts and basic manipulation
to the key factors of engaging families in identifying relevant evidence and reflecting on their
interpretation. School is not the only source for science learning (Bell et al., 2009). A visit to a
Natural History museum and the conversations that take place are social but also include learning
conversations. The learning conversations that take place at the museum consist of formal and
informal learning (Lucas, et al., 1986). Visiting a museum of Natural History is an educational
experience, which offers families experiences that cannot be obtained within the formal education
environment. Tunnicliffe (2000) and Ash (2003) found that museums are excellent sources of
cognitive experiences. When families visit informal setting such as natural history museums, the
occasion provides the members of the family with the opportunity to expand their own and their
community’s existing knowledge or possibly to construct new knowledge. This paper draws upon
a pilot study which focused on aspects of the opportunities of learning by families who observe
natural history dioramas. In order to reassure the quality of the study and the observation of
families’ interactions in the Natural History museum, the researchers take into consideration and
apply the Ethical guidelines for Educational Research (BERA, 2011). This study explores the
opportunities which a natural history museum provides families by identify various aspects of
biological and physical science captured in the moment of time portrayed in a given diorama.

KeywordsNatural history museum; dioramas; families; learning opportunity
Book titleOMEP World Organisation for Early Childhood Education: Proceedings of the OMEP European Conference 2016 The Place of the Child in the 21st Century Organised and hosted by UK OMEP
Page range151-161
Year2016
PublisherOMEP
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PrintNov 2016
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Deposited13 Jun 2017
Place of publicationCanterbury Christ Church University
EventOMEP European Conference 2016, The Place of the Child in the 21st Century
ISBN978-1-909067-63-9
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