Children as curators: how to incorporate young visitors’ voices into the elaboration and evaluation of a microbiology exhibition

Studies of museum publics are relatively recent, and studies of child visitors are even more recent. In this paper we summarize the types of exhibition evaluations mentioned in the literature and present an evaluation process for an exhibition about microbiology developed for and with input from 4-to-6-year-old children. As a case study we analyzed an exhibition entitled "The Giant World of Microbes." Audio and video interviews were recorded with child visitors, and the stimulated recall technique was also employed. The data indicate the importance of interactive activities in enhancing child motivation and providing pertinent routes to follow when preparing an exhibition geared toward children.
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young children;  science museum;  exhibition evaluation;  microorganisms;  scientific literacy;  crianças;  museu científico;  avaliação de exibição;  microorganismos;  literatura científica

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Tino De Franco M, Dominguez CRC, Inglez GC, Cizauskas JBV, Gonçalves VM, Bizerra AF. Children as curators: how to incorporate young visitors’ voices into the elaboration and evaluation of a microbiology exhibition. Hist Cienc Saude Manguinhos. 2019 Jan.-Mar.;26(1):85-101. doi:10.1590/s0104-59702019000100006.
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