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A quasi-experimental investigation of the application of previsit advance organizers developed for museum visitation and directed toward elementary student end users
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, Idaho State University, United States

Idaho State University . Awarded

Abstract

This quasi-experimental research investigated the placement of an online advance organizer to elementary aged students for the purpose of exploring whether its use effected an improvement of the learning outcome associated with a visit to the Idaho Museum of Natural History's galleries. An important museum audience, elementary aged students are escorted through museum exhibits by museum staff and docent volunteers who interpret and explain the content of the exhibits. Although this highly organized strategy provides an opportunity for students to learn while in the museum, many factors have the potential to interfere with the learning process. This study examined whether students evidenced a change in learning performance when they were prepared with pertinent information at school through the use of previsit online advance organizers or following a museum visit with a postvisit online learning activity.

The focus of the research was to improve the overall educational quality of the visit by providing students with access to an offline advance organizer. This placement of the advance organizer online provided students with the opportunity to access information as needed.

In this research the participants were not randomly selected; consequently, a non-equivalent control group design was used. The project used a pretest/posttest structure to collect data related to the stated hypotheses. The participants in the study were six classrooms of fifth grade students who attended different schools, and represented one of the Museum's most typical elementary school audiences.

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Thorne - Ferrel, R.A. A quasi-experimental investigation of the application of previsit advance organizers developed for museum visitation and directed toward elementary student end users. Ph.D. thesis, Idaho State University. Retrieved February 19, 2019 from .

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