This study purposed to explore the types of physical environments perceived to stimulate creativity . The target settings were two informal education institutios in America ,Smithonian National Museum of Natural History and American Museum of Natural History.Research procedures were 1) physical environmental characteristics of gallery and exhibit photographs were categorized, 2) content analysis of the 62 photographs by 3 independent raters scaled each setting according to the categorizes developed, and 3) potential creativity of photographs was rated by  129 middle school students, which was defined as degree of they would feel to stimulate individual creativity . Cluster analysis identified the most and least creative types of galleries and exhibits separately.

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The types of physical environments for fostering creativity at natural history museums

Ji-Eun Choi   Seoul National University

Chan-Jong Kim   Seoul National University

This study purposed to explore the types of physical environments perceived to stimulate creativity . The target settings were two informal education institutios in America ,Smithonian National Museum of Natural History and American Museum of Natural History.Research procedures were 1) physical environmental characteristics of gallery and exhibit photographs were categorized, 2) content analysis of the 62 photographs by 3 independent raters scaled each setting according to the categorizes developed, and 3) potential creativity of photographs was rated by  129 middle school students, which was defined as degree of they would feel to stimulate individual creativity . Cluster analysis identified the most and least creative types of galleries and exhibits separately.

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