The exhibits in natural history museums are expected to communicate to visitors educationally meaningful way. Two major natural history museums in U.S., Smithonian Natural History Museum and American Natural History Museum, were explored in terms of content-wise connections between school science and museum exhibits. Among several science disciplines, earth science is one of the most interactive subjects with natural history museum. Earth science curriculum based on Third International Mathematics and Science Study and National Science Curriculum Standards (1996). Exhibition characteristics related to better communication in science were also investigated: types of activities, exhibit media, exhibit technology, and exhibit presentation methods. Natural history museums as an informal educational institute were sought for its relevance and potential through this study.

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Educationally meaningful communication in Natural History Museums

Chan-Jong Kim   Seoul National University, Korea

The exhibits in natural history museums are expected to communicate to visitors educationally meaningful way. Two major natural history museums in U.S., Smithonian Natural History Museum and American Natural History Museum, were explored in terms of content-wise connections between school science and museum exhibits. Among several science disciplines, earth science is one of the most interactive subjects with natural history museum. Earth science curriculum based on Third International Mathematics and Science Study and National Science Curriculum Standards (1996). Exhibition characteristics related to better communication in science were also investigated: types of activities, exhibit media, exhibit technology, and exhibit presentation methods. Natural history museums as an informal educational institute were sought for its relevance and potential through this study.

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