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How do children construct personal meaning from museum artifacts and how is intrinsic motivation to learning expected to change with contextual variations?

Christine Angel

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Previous research indicates children draw intellectual and emotional sustenance from many sources as they mature and move into adulthood (Trofanenko, 2006). As they do so, the knowledge they acquire helps them construct personal meaning and begin to define the life-world which will eventually inform their behavior. Recent research suggests a link between these processes and attitudes about learning, but it provides less insight concerning the effect of variations in learning environments and how environmental factors affect learning motivation (Paris & Packard, 1998).

This project will explore the effect of context on learning experiences and motivation by studying the utilization of museum artifacts in three different settings. The first is the traditional museum environment. The second is the newer two-dimensional digital environment. The third is a three-dimensional digital environment created using Arius3D technology developed by the National Research Council of Canada.

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