Partnership of Playful Learners

July 1st, 2005 - June 30th, 2009 | PROJECT

The Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) will develop CityScape, a 2,500 sq ft permanent exhibition based on design strategies for researching and promoting adult-child collaborative learning. INTELLECTUAL MERIT: This project will develop and test culturally-sensitive exhibit and program design approaches for increasing adult involvement in children's learning; explore the potential of visual documentation of learning through play to make children's progress more visible as well as build caregiver confidence and skills; and demonstrate exhibition design as an experimental platform for a museum-learning researcher partnership. Project partners include the Chicago Metropolitan YMCA, Dept. of Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University and the Erikson Institute of Chicago. BROADER IMPACTS: The exhibition and accompanying materials have the potential to serve 1.8 million people over three years. In addition, CCM also will create a partnership of 20 museums and science centers based on parent involvement in children's museum experiences. The Informal Science Education field will be advanced through exploration of this model for integrating exhibition and program development with basic and applied educational research, accompanied by the application of visual documentation.

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Project Products

Summative Evaluation of the Skyline Exhibition

Team Members

Tsivia Cohen, Principal Investigator, Chicago Children's Museum
Jennifer Farrington, Co-Principal Investigator, Chicago Children's Museum
Louise Belmont-Skinner, Co-Principal Investigator, Chicago Children's Museum
Rick Garmon, Project Manager, Chicago Children's Museum
Justine Roberts, Project Manager, Gyroscope, Inc.
Ron Davis, Contributor, Gyroscope, Inc.


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0452550
Funding Amount: 1691180


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs