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Museums, conversations, and learning

Leinhardt, G (2014) Museums, conversations, and learning. Revista Colombiana de Psicologia, 23 (1). 13 - 56. ISSN 0121-5469

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In this study, 178 groups of visitors were interviewed and recorded during their visits to museums. Three clusters of elements were shown to influence learning: the identity of the visitors, their response to the learning environment, and their explanatory engagement during the visit. A structural equation model using these variables fit well. Further examination revealed that not all conversational behavior was supportive of learning; some actions, such as making frequent personal connections, were detrimental to learning; additionally, silent contemplation was modestly associated with learning. This paper discusses these findings through the experiences of four couples whose outcome measures placed them at the extreme high or low end of the learning distribution.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Leinhardt, G
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Revista Colombiana de Psicologia
Volume: 23
Number: 1
Page Range: 13 - 56
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.15446/rcp.v23n1.41000
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0121-5469
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 21:07
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2020 10:55


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