Why is it that so-called science centers do not succeed in attracting teenagers to their activities? Science-centre staff are asking themselves that question all over the world, and it is also the basis of a new doctoral dissertation from Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. Doctoral candidate Vaike Fors had a number of adolescents film a visit and then used the footage to chart these adolescents’ relationships to permanent exhibits.
The dissertation "The Missing Link in Learning in Science Centres" reveals that teenagers feel that a major component is missing in exhibits if they are to be used for meaningful activities.
“What is missing is the right to interpret what the purpose of the exhibit might be. Teens are looking for ways to contribute to the meaning of activities in exhibits and finding opportunities for self-development,” says Vaike Fors.
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