Bilingual Exhibits Research Initiative (BERI)

Date: 
Thursday, July 15, 2010 to Saturday, June 30, 2012
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Mathematics | Space science
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
English Language Learners
Organization:
San Diego Society of Natural History, Garibay Group, Miami Museum of Science, San Diego Natural History Museum
Description or Abstract: 

Many museums currently produce bilingual exhibits, but very little research exists to inform practice. The Bilingual Exhibits Research Initiative (BERI), funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program at the National Science Foundation, addressed this critical knowledge gap. This exploratory research project investigated 1) current professional approaches to producing bilingual exhibits and 2) how bilingual exhibits provide opportunities for Spanish-speaking Latinos to engage in informal science learning. BERI's research with museum and science center staff documents current professional knowledge, concerns, opportunities, and constraints involved in the creation of bilingual exhibits. BERI's research with visitors explores how content and design affords and constrains visitors' engagement in museums and science centers. This work will inform professionals about the relevant factors and potential consequences of their decisions related to bilingual exhibits.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
ISE/AISL
Award Number: 
1010666
Funding Amount: 
224385

Team Members

Steven YalowitzPrincipal Investigator
Cecilia GaribayCo-Principal Investigator
Carlos PlazaCarlos PlazaCo-Principal Investigator
Nan RennerNan RennerCo-Principal Investigator

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