Learning About Learning Summative Evaluation

January 19th, 2016 | EVALUATION

Providence Children’s Museum was tasked with examining how children demonstrate their learning and thinking through their play at the museum, and how exhibit activities and resources can be designed to build awareness of these learning processes among children’s caregivers and museum educators. The project team created a set of resources, including an exhibit space called Mind Lab, a Circuit Block activity, and an Observation Tool for caregivers that highlighted different types of behaviors associated with learning that happens naturally while children play. Rockman et al conducted a summative evaluation of these resources to determine their effect on the interactions between children and caregivers, and on visitors’ understanding of the metacognitive processes that occur during play at the museum. Methods included caregiver interviews and evaluator observations. Appendix includes observation and interview protocols.



Team Members

Camellia Sanford-Dolly, Evaluator, Rockman et al
Claire Quimby, Evaluator, Rockman et al


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: REAL
Award Number: 1223777

Related URLs

Learning About Learning


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Interview Protocol | Observation Protocol | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs