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Current Science in Museums and Science Centers

Thesis by Paul Martinez (2016)

People are faced with many science-related issues such as climate change, medical research, and new technologies, but often lack the basic science literacy or interest in understanding how these issues affect their lives. Museums and science centers are addressing this issue by interpreting current science research in their institutions. The purpose of this study was to examine how museums and science centers define and present current science to visitors. Museum professionals at seven museums and science centers were interviewed to understand how they define, interpret, and engage visitors with current science. Results suggest varying definitions of current science. Results also suggest participants use methods that allow for contact with scientists and staff and rapid changing exhibits. Participants have goals for greater visitor interest and engagement in current science after their visit. This research can be useful for museums or science centers looking to pursue or increase efforts in current science.


Keywords: research, science museums, interpretation


Martinez, P. (2016). Current science in museums and science centers (Order No. 10138776). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ University of Washington WCLP; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1821914989). Retrieved from