This study examines the role of informal learning settings and the function they serve in facilitating children's cognitive growth and development, in particular curiosity and meaning making behaviors. This research documents the activities and thinking of 16 children, ages 1-11 years old, playing in a museum's Rice Boat Exhibit. The research literature highlighting the important role that informal learning settings play in children's intellectual development serves as the backdrop of the observational data collected and analyzed. Approximately 44 percent of the children illustrated behavior coded as signs of curiosity, 44 percent of the children illustrated meaning making behavior, and 12 percent showed no evidence of either.The materials available to the children are cups, coffee cup-lids, paper clips, masking tape, plastic plates, paper plates, string, bottles full of ... Photograph 1.10 : The Water Wheel Exhibit Another water exhibit is to the right of the Water Wheel Exhibit called Sink or Float. ... The objects that the children can experiment with are corks, rocks, shells, paper clips, plastic boats, and other miscellaneous materials.
|Title||:||Play as Informal Learning: Curiosity and Meaning Making in the Rice Boat at a Museum|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|