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Engagement with an interactive museum exhibit

Haywood, N. and Cairns, P. (2007) Engagement with an interactive museum exhibit. In: McEwan, T., Gulliksen, J. and Benyon, D., (eds.) People and Computers XIX — The Bigger Picture. Springer , London , pp. 113-129. ISBN 978-1-84628-249-2

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Abstract

Learning and engagement have been recognised as very important in defining the effectiveness of interactive museum exhibits. However the relationship between these two notions is not fully understood. In particular, little is known about engagement with interactive exhibits and how it relates to learning. This paper describes a hypothesis seeking approach to find out how children engage with an interactive exhibit at the Science Museum. Engagement is found to be described in terms of the three categories: participation, narration and co-presence of others. These aspects of engagement can be seen to arise from specific aspects of the interaction design of the exhibit. Moreover, they also overlap with features required for a positive learning experience. These findings suggest many fruitful directions for future research in this area.

Item Type: Book Section
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Computer Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2009 14:31
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2009 14:31
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/1-84628-249-7
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Identification Number: 10.1007/1-84628-249-7
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7164

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