Investigating a Museum-Based Pop-Up Science Program as a “Learner Centric Ecology of Resources”

Catherine Dornfeld Tissenbaum, Sadhana Puntambekar

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As informal learning environments, museums encourage social, interest-driven learning among visitors. Pop-up programs are a kind of museum-based experience that include learning goals, yet offer flexibility based on visitors’ interests and prior knowledge. To evaluate the design of a pop-up science program, we used the Learner Centric Ecology of Resources (LCEoR) model to frame our investigation of learners’ interactions with supportive resources. We used sociocultural discourse analysis and association analysis to identify learners and useful resources, then qualitatively examined how learners related to the intended learning goals of the program (i.e., Knowledge/Curriculum) based on characteristics of their museum visit (i.e., Environment/Organization). As expected from prior research, parents and children acted as learners and resources. However, families’ experiences revealed more agency over Knowledge and Environment than indicated in the original LCEoR model. We modified our representation of the model to illustrate how museum studies can extend this learning sciences framework.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467279
StatePublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
ISSN (Print)1573-4552


ConferenceInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences
Abbreviated titleICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education


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