An Investigation into the QuaIifications Necessary for Science Hands-on Exhibit Guides from the Producer's Point of View

  • Kim, Eun-Sook (Jeonju University)
  • Published : 2007.11.30

Abstract

Science hands-on exhibits are increasingly popular, especially during vacation time. These exhibits hire guides to help visitors to understand the contents. In this study, the qualifications of the guides are investigated through interviews with the producers who run the exhibit. There were two main questions the researcher was interested in during the interviews. One was the importance of the science background of the guides. The second was the characteristics of guides that the producers consider important for successful exhibits. The results show that a science background is not an important qualification in the view of most of the producers. Many factors other than science, such as accountability or social skills, were considered to be of greater importance than a background in science.

Keywords

hands-on;exhibit;guide;museum;qualification;facilitator

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