Facilitators improve the learning experience of visitors to a science centre

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dc.contributorCulturalpt_BR
dc.contributor.authorCorral, Soledad Machadopt_BR
dc.contributor.authorMonteiro, Paulo Henrique Nicopt_BR
dc.contributor.authorPisani, Katrinapt_BR
dc.contributor.authorBarriault, Chantal L.pt_BR
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-11T18:36:29Z-
dc.date.available2022-01-11T18:36:29Z-
dc.date.issued2021pt_BR
dc.identifier.citationCorral SM, Monteiro PHN, Pisani K, Barriault CL.. Facilitators improve the learning experience of visitors to a science centre. Front. Educ.. 2021 Dec; 6:675124. doi:10.3389/feduc.2021.675124.pt_BR
dc.identifier.urihttps://repositorio.butantan.gov.br/handle/butantan/4088-
dc.description.abstractWe studied how interactions with interpretative science centre staff impacts the learning behaviours and engagement levels of visitors who engage with exhibits at Science North (Sudbury, Canada). This study uses the Visitor-Based Learning Framework. The tool consists of seven discrete learning-associated behaviours that visitors show when engaging with exhibits, which are grouped into three categories of engagement: Initiation, Transition, and Breakthrough. These categories reflect increasing levels of engagement and depth of the learning experience. We studied forty-seven Science North exhibits, and 4,835 visitors to analyse the impact of unstructured facilitation in a naturalistic setting. We compared visitor Engagement Levels with and without a facilitator present. We determined that the presence of staff has a statistically significant impact on the percentage of visitors that engage in Breakthrough behaviours. When a facilitator is present, more visitors reach the Breakthrough Level of Engagement (p < 0.001). In the second phase of the study, we explored what facilitators do and say through thematic analysis to uncover common patterns of facilitator actions and comments. Our findings showed that facilitators employed strategies and methods that can be grouped in four categories or Facilitation Dimensions: Comfort, Information, Reflection, and Exhibit Use. These dimensions encompass different strategies and techniques of facilitation, that are used in a variety of situations and sequences. Our study goes beyond anecdotal evidence to show that staff-visitor interactions have a positive impact on visitor engagement with exhibits and therefore, potentially on visitor learning from exhibits. Our findings can be used to inform not only training programs but also managerial decisions and considerations around resource allocation. We suggest that facilitators are a fundamental asset for institutions that prioritize visitor engagement, one that should be given top priority when considering areas for investing.pt_BR
dc.description.sponsorship(ANII) Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovaciónpt_BR
dc.description.sponsorship(FAPESP) Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulopt_BR
dc.format.extent675124pt_BR
dc.language.isoEnglishpt_BR
dc.relation.ispartofFrontiers in Educationpt_BR
dc.rightsOpen accesspt_BR
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/pt_BR
dc.titleFacilitators improve the learning experience of visitors to a science centrept_BR
dc.title.alternativeFacilitadores melhoram a experiência de aprendizagem dos visitantes de um centro de ciênciaspt_BR
dc.typeArticlept_BR
dc.rights.licenseCC BYpt_BR
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/feduc.2021.675124pt_BR
dc.identifier.urlhttps://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2021.675124pt_BR
dc.contributor.externalLaurentian Universitypt_BR
dc.contributor.external(Udelar) Universidad de la Repúblicapt_BR
dc.contributor.externalScience Northpt_BR
dc.identifier.citationvolume6pt_BR
dc.subject.keywordfree choice learningpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordscience centres and museumspt_BR
dc.subject.keywordfacilitatorspt_BR
dc.subject.keywordvisitor learningpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordscience centre staffpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordscience centrept_BR
dc.subject.keywordinformal learningpt_BR
dc.subject.keywordvisitor engagementpt_BR
dc.relation.ispartofabbreviatedFront. Educ.pt_BR
dc.identifier.citationabntv. 6, 675124, dez. 2021pt_BR
dc.identifier.citationvancouver2021 Dec; 6:675124pt_BR
dc.contributor.butantanMonteiro, Paulo Henrique Nico|:Pesquisador|:Culturalpt_BR
dc.sponsorship.butantan(ANII) Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación¦¦POS_IDRC_2019_1_155393pt_BR
dc.sponsorship.butantanFundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)¦¦2019/24361-9pt_BR
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