My Child is Your Child: Family Behavior in a Mexican Science Museum

April 4th, 2012 | RESEARCH

In this paper we describe the particularities of Latin American museum visitors as learners through an exploratory study that took place at Universum, Museo de las Ciencias, a science museum located in Mexico City. The exploration of the learning experiences of Latin American family groups was carried out by means of a case study approach and from a socio-cultural theory perspective. This inquiry of 20 family groups reveals that nuances of the concept of “family,” in the Mexican context, are important in studying family learning in museum settings. The prominent roles of the extended family and interactions within family groups are discussed as intrinsic traits of a family’s museum learning. In addition, the outcomes of this study highlight the impact that the Latin American notion of educación has on museum education and research, as it encompasses issues that relate to the perpetuation of socio-cultural values, child-rearing, and ultimately, cultural identity.


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Team Members

Adriana Briseño-Garzón, Author, Center for Cross Faculty Inquiry
David Anderson, Author, University of British Columbia


Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.1111/j.2151-6952.2012.00139.x

Publication: Curator: The Museum Journal
Volume: 55
Number: 2
Page(s): 179

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Audience: Families | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits