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Exploring the Effects of Parental Engagement, Visit Frequency and Visit Intention on the Learning Experience of Children in a Museum

Breimer, Marit M. (2023) Exploring the Effects of Parental Engagement, Visit Frequency and Visit Intention on the Learning Experience of Children in a Museum.

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Abstract:Learning can take place outside the classroom, for example in a museum, where it is called informal learning. Museums have the potential to educate and inspire children, but parents are often unaware of these benefits, while they have the ability to support their child’s learning. Potentially, there are parental factors that could further enhance the learning benefits of museums, and research towards this could raise awareness among parents. Children’s learning in general has been discussed to be enhanced by the extent to which the parent engages with their child, as well as the museum visit frequency of the parents, and the intention of the parents for the child to have fun and to learn something during the museum visit. The present study aims to research these factors in relation with children’s learning experience in museums, with learning experience being identified as the amount of new things a child has learned. To research this, observations, an interview and questionnaires were conducted at the Museum Factory in Enschede, the Netherlands. This museum offers exhibitions around the topics of weather, science, nature, animals and textile machines. Parents and children were observed regarding the amount of engagement the parent had with their child. Afterwards, the parents were questioned about their visit frequency, and their intention with the visit. Lastly the children were interviewed about their potential new knowledge, to check their learning experience. It was found that there seems to be no significant effects on the learning experience regarding the visit frequency score, visit intention scores and engagement score, except for the visit intention of learning, which had a negative significant effect on learning experience, against what was expected. This means that there might be other important factors playing a role in enhancing learning experience in museums, for which more research can be conducted in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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