The purpose of this study was to explore characteristics of natural history museum exhibits from the viewpoint of science education focusing on public understanding. The exhibits of a target museum were divided into two groups: the old and traditional types, and the new and renovated ones.Even though analyzing data was not undertaken through quantitative statistical process, the interpretation of the data was valid enough to fulfill the purpose of the research. Based on analyzing the new types of the museum, the current movement in the field of natural history museums explicitly has been toward utilizing more science education concepts and ideas. We intend to contribute, with this study, to better understanding the potential role of museum as an important element of learning community and its functions of communicating with scientists.

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For better public understanding
What makes people stay in museums ?

Myeong-Kyeong Shin   Gyeongin National University of Education, Seoul National University, Chungbuk National University

Chan-Jong Kim   Gyeongin National University of Education, Seoul National University, Chungbuk National University

Chang-Zin Lee   Gyeongin National University of Education, Seoul National University, Chungbuk National University

The purpose of this study was to explore characteristics of natural history museum exhibits from the viewpoint of science education focusing on public understanding. The exhibits of a target museum were divided into two groups: the old and traditional types, and the new and renovated ones.Even though analyzing data was not undertaken through quantitative statistical process, the interpretation of the data was valid enough to fulfill the purpose of the research. Based on analyzing the new types of the museum, the current movement in the field of natural history museums explicitly has been toward utilizing more science education concepts and ideas. We intend to contribute, with this study, to better understanding the potential role of museum as an important element of learning community and its functions of communicating with scientists.

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