This brief volume describes an innovative activity that can be used by museum professionals to foster two key inquiry skills—asking a good question and articulating discoveries. A hybrid between a research report and a how-to manual, it describes the development, evaluation, and results of Juicy Question, a collaborative activity designed to foster group inquiry among families or school field trips. The authors demonstrate how the activity changed the behavior of museum visitors and taught them important inquiry skills for use in other informal education settings. Sponsored by the Exploratorium, San Francisco.
About the Author
Joshua P. Gutwill is Acting Director of Visitor Research at the Exploratorium science center in San Francisco. He is coauthor of the Exploratorium professional volume Fostering Active Prolonged Engagement and several articles on science education, museum evaluation and informal learning. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Sue Allen is Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation at the Exploratorium, a position from which she is on leave while serving as Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation. Allen is author of Finding Significance, and of multiple articles on science education, museum evaluation, and informal learning. She holds a Ph. D. from University of California, Berkeley.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Value of Group Inquiry
Chapter 2: Ask a Juicy Question
Chapter 3: Why Juicy Question works
Chapter 4: The Research Study
Chapter 5: Using Juicy Question
About the Authors