Designing museum exhibits that facilitate visitor reflection and discussion

Publikation: Forskning - peer reviewTidsskriftartikel

  • Morten Arnika Skydsgaard
  • Hanne Møller Andersen
    Hanne Møller AndersenDanmark
  • Heather King
    Heather KingDepartment of Education & Professional Studies, Waterloo Bridge Wing, London , UKStorbritannien
This paper explores how four design principles (curiosity, challenge,
narratives and participation) facilitate reflection and discussion
among young visitors in the issues-based exhibition Dear, Difficult
Body. The investigation is based on a mixed-method approach
combining questionnaire and interview data. The implementation
of design principles resulted in a variety of exhibits which
variously prompted reflection and discussion on the part of
visitors. Exhibits with narratives, for example, here defined as both
personal and expert narratives, were found to be effective in
facilitating personal reflection but also prompted discussion.
Participation, defined as including both physical interaction with
exhibits, and dialogic interaction between visitors, facilitated the
sharing of ideas and feelings between visitors. Exhibits with
elements of curiosity and challenge were found to attract pupils’
attention but also worked well with other design principles to
engage the pupils in sustained reflection and discussion. While
other contextual factors remain significant in determining visitor
responses, this paper argues that the use of design principles can
help create visitor experiences that correspond to exhibition aims.
OriginalsprogDansk
TidsskriftMuseum Management and Curatorship
Vol/bind31
Tidsskriftsnummer1
Sider (fra-til)48
Antal sider68
ISSN0964-7775
StatusUdgivet - 1 feb. 2016

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