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What Makes Learning Fun? : Principles for the Design of Intrinsically Motivating Museum Exhibits - Deborah L. Perry

What Makes Learning Fun?

Principles for the Design of Intrinsically Motivating Museum Exhibits

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What Makes Learning Fun? presents a set of tested principles and strategies for the design of museum exhibits, with concrete examples of design successes and failures drawn from the author's many years in the field.

[T]he greatest strength of the book is its focus on application of the principles. Each of the six chapters in Part Two addresses one of the motivations listed along the base of the Selinda model and provides strategies for implementing each principle. ... As she presents each new principle or strategy, she revisits the earlier cited exhibit redesign and discusses how her redesign employed that principle or strategy. This helps illustrate her ideas, and her explanations are generally very helpful. The inclusion in Appendix A of photos and illustrations of that exhibit before and after the redesign also proves helpful. This book is... well written and it is a fairly quick read. ... It was refreshing to read a book in which someone borrowed from instructional design to enhance practice in her field. Educational Technology Deborah Perry's interesting, accessible, and highly useful book, What Makes Learning Fun?, provides insights into how museums can design and evaluate for learning. ... What Makes Learning Fun? is thought-provoking. ... Perry has written a highly accessible book grounded in both theory and practice. The field will benefit from her expansive view on learning and comprehensive ideas about design... The Selinda Model is an exceedingly useful professional tool for discussion, debate, and design, especially recommended for staff, both veteran and novice, looking for new ways into thinking and talking about learning in museums. What Makes Learning Fun? does the museum field a great service by broadening and deepening the conversation about our work. Visitor Studies Deborah L. Perry has taken a fresh look at an old question-how visitors learn in museums-and given us a set of very practical strategies and tools for designing exhibits. This is no ordinary how-to guide, however. One of the great strengths of the book is that it is grounded in a whole history of solid research. Making learning fun is serious business, but Perry manages to practice what she preaches, giving us a book that is engaging, easy to use, and eminently applicable to museum work today. -- Lisa Roberts, Independent Consultant for Museums The Selinda Model of visitor learning provides a powerful, robust, and flexible construct for considering and facilitating learning that is useful for the ambitious and often nuanced aspirations of professionals working in informal learning environments. I've followed the development of Deborah Perry's ideas and her model of learning for decades and am thrilled that I can finally share her ideas with colleagues and students. -- Kris Morrissey, University of Washington Deborah Perry's book offers a coherent approach to designing engaging learning experiences in museums, science centers, zoos, and the like. The book lays out a clear design process and offers, within this design framework, a series of applied principles that are well supported in the visitor studies literature. Deborah's years of experience in combination with thoughtful analysis of the learning process have resulted in a useful manual for practitioners, be they educators, exhibit designers, or evaluators. -- Stephen Bitgood, Jacksonville State University

List of Strategiesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Understanding Visitor Experiencesp. 9
Visitors, Conversation, and Learningp. 11
Interpretive Activismp. 27
The Selinda Model of Visitor Learningp. 39
Designing Visitor Experiencesp. 71
Communicationp. 73
Collaborationp. 75
Guidancep. 86
Curiosityp. 97
Perceptual Curiosityp. 98
Intellectual Curiosityp. 102
Interestp. 108
Confidencep. 117
Successp. 118
Expediencyp. 139
Challengep. 149
Expectationsp. 150
Uncertaintyp. 155
Controlp. 161
Choicep. 162
Powerp. 165
Playp. 169
Imaginationp. 173
Sensory Explorationp. 176
Descriptions of the Colored Shadows and The Color Connection Exhibitsp. 181
Overview of Original Researchp. 199
The What Makes Learning Fun? Frameworkp. 203
Sample Knowledge Hierarchiesp. 209
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 229
About the Authorp. 241
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ISBN: 9780759108844
ISBN-10: 9780759108851
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 15.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.53