Designing Exhibits for Gender Equity

January 1st, 2010 | RESEARCH

This research investigated gender equitable exhibit development by enhancing a geometry exhibit with several female-friendly design features and analyzing video data to determine the effects on girls' engagement and social interactions with their caregivers. The findings suggest that incorporating several female-friendly design features leads to significantly higher engagement for girls (evidenced by greater attraction and time spent). This study also looked for any unanticipated negative effects for boys after incorporating the female-friendly design features.


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Exploratorium, Contributor
Toni Dancstep, Author, Portland State University & Exploratorium

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Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | Mathematics
Resource Type: Doctoral Dissertation | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits