University and Children’s Museum Partnerships

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University and Children’s Museum Partnerships
Radebaugh, Rachel
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Denver, CO
Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Collected for Auraria Institutional Repository by the Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Matthew Mariner.
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Faculty mentor: Kristen Lyons
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Major: Psychology

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Introduction The goal of this research project is to understand partnerships and This research study will give an understanding of how university partnerships are created. The status of this study will help explore the possibility of creating partnerships or even extend a previously existing relationship. A literature review was performed to collect materials that demonstrate engaging in active ways of learning has a positive effect on learning and comprehension. Discussion The results of the findings demonstrate that people from all age ranges can benefit from practicing innovative learning. Different methods of teaching in undergraduate studies, as well as primary studies can deepen students fundamental knowledge. Partnerships between universities and museums can benefit all parties involved. Students will receive valuable, real world experiences that will deepen their education. Professors and researchers will be able to conduct research on patrons and exhibits of the museums. Museum staff will gain insight from researches about how to improve on any areas as well potentially gaining funding from sponsors to create new exhibits , A survey of students taking Introduction to Psychology courses is being held to collect data on the interests and barriers students may have if they were to The survey used to create the questions was called the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory, and data collection is ongoing . In the future, having research and data from existing partnerships can help MSU Denver form mutually beneficial relationships with all different types of museums . Results The literature review found that partnerships between universities and museums can be helpful by educating students in innovative ways. S tudents majoring in psychology can benefit from working with setting. Undergraduates also have the opportunity to interact with children doing simple experiments, observing cognitive processes in action at different ages. Other journal articles demonstrated that many types of innovative learning (group problem solving, worksheets or tutorials during class, and studio or workshop course designs) aid in more effective learning than professor lectures alone. One study analyzed how students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) were helped in their undergraduate research studies while participating in this type of innovative learning Students that engaged in active learning were able to increase their fundamental knowledge in their area of study and had their test scores improved as well. (Freeman et al., 2014 ) Rachel Radebaugh Psychology Department r Method Various computers were used to access the Auraria Library Database as well as professional psychology journal websites . An undergraduate psychology student conducted a literature review that gave information about universities and museums partnerships. The primary focus of this research project is to find partnerships that involve purpose of studying child development. This included the benefits students at universities can gain by participating in innovative, active learning as well as professors doing research and museum staff gaining funding benefits. References Callanan , M. A. (2012). Conducting cognitive developmental research in museums : Theoretical issues and practical considerations , Journal of Cognition and Development, 13:2 , 137 151. doi:10.1080/15248372.2012.666730 Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor , N., Jordt , H., & Wenderoth , M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. doi:10.1073/pnas.1319030111 McAuley , E., Duncan, T., & Tammen , V. V. (1989) Psychometric properties of the intrinsic motivation inventory in a competitive sport setting: A confirmatory factor analysis, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 60:1 , 48 58. doi:10.1080/02701367.1989.10607413 Marsico Campus, Adventure Forest Exhibit Marsico Campus, Fire Station No.1 Exhibit