Bilingual Exhibits Research Initiative (BERI)

July 15th, 2010 - June 30th, 2012 | PROJECT

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.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Bilingual Exhibit Research Initiative Report: Institutional and Intergenerational Experiences with Bilingual Exhibitions
Bilingual Exhibits Research Initiative poster
ExhibitFiles Blog: Bilingual Exhibits Research Initiative

Team Members

Steven Yalowitz, Principal Investigator, San Diego Society of Natural History
Cecilia Garibay, Co-Principal Investigator, Garibay Group
Carlos Plaza, Co-Principal Investigator, Miami Museum of Science
Nan Renner, Co-Principal Investigator, San Diego Natural History Museum


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1010666
Funding Amount: 224385


Access and Inclusion: English Language Learners | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities
Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Mathematics | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Resource Centers and Networks