REVEAL

Researching the value of educator actions for learning

Lead Staff:
Andee Rubin

Summary

The REVEAL team explored the role of museum educators in deepening and extending family engagement and learning at interactive math exhibits. REVEAL built on the NSF-funded Access Algebra project, which created a large traveling exhibit, Design Zone, that capitalizes on visitors’ interest in design, engineering, art, and music to create engaging and memorable learning experiences with math. REVEAL had three primary goals:

  1. Iteratively develop and refine a theoretical model of how staff facilitation can deepen and extend family engagement and learning at interactive math exhibits;
  2. Rigorously test key components of this model, including the relationship between staff facilitation and the nature of family engagement and learning; and
  3. Develop and share evidence and research-based tools to support professional development efforts for informal STEM educators.

Research Activity

The REVEAL study consisted of two stages:

  1. a design-based research (DBR) study with two expert educators
  2. an experimental study comparing facilitated and unfacilitated family interactions at exhibits

Impact

In total, 263 family groups at OMSI participated in the study under two conditions. In one, educators provided full facilitation based on the REVEAL training they had received. On the other hand, educators greeted families as they approached and allowed them to engage with the exhibits on their own. A small science center in Southern Oregon, ScienceWorks tested The REVEAL facilitation model and training tools as well, to comprehend how the approach might transfer to other organizational contexts.

Related Work

Garibay, C., & Huerta-Migus, L. (2017). REVEAL process evaluation report on culturally responsive research. Portland, OR: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Gontan, I., Pattison, S. A., Brandon, S., Rubin, A., Andanen, E., & Benne, M. (2016). REVEALing findings from the field: Experiences developing and implementing a staff facilitation model at two science centers. Informal Learning Review, 138(May/June), 15–17. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. (2016). Adelante Mujeres + OMSI: Learning with community partners. Portland, OR: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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Pattison, S. A., Benne, M., Rubin, A., Gontan, I., Andanen, E., & Dierking, L. D. (2016). Staff facilitation that supports family learning at exhibits: Findings and recommendations from the REVEAL project. Portland, OR: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Pattison, S. A., Randol, S. M., Benne, M., Rubin, A., Gontan, I., Andanen, E., Bromley, C., Ramos-Montañez, S., Dierking, L. D. (2017). A design-based research study of staff-facilitated family learning at interactive math exhibitsVisitor Studies, 20(2), 138–164.

Pattison, S. A., Rubin, A., Benne, M., Gontan, I., Andanen, E., Shagott, T., Francisco, M., Ramos-Montanez, S., Bromley, C., & Dierking, L. D. (2018). The impact of facilitation by museum educators on family learning at interactive math exhibits: A quasi-experimental studyVisitor Studies, 21(1), 4–30.

Ramos-Montañez, S., Randol, S., Herran, C., Pattison, S., Rubin, A., Shagott, T., Andanen, E., and Benne, M. (2018). Emergent Activity Frames in Facilitated Family Interactions at Math Exhibits. Portland, OR: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Products & Materials

REVEAL Responsive Museum Facilitation Guide