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Ce que "comprendre" signifie pour les jeunes visiteurs dans un centre de culture scientifique

Abstract : Science museums and interpretative centers display exhibits with which children are invited to interact in order to learn “science while having fun”. This article explores the impact of this proposal as a slogan of contemporary scientific mediation. The approach underlines two major points: first, from the children’s point of view, they talk not about learning but about “understanding”. Secondly, understanding something is closely connected to positive emotions even if, with the same interactive element, visitor’s experiences may be completely different from each other. We show that children are not so much interested in the science itself but in immediate solutions-that-fit a given problem. It is not the way the sciences are presented which makes these interactive elements enjoyable, but the solutions they stimulate. In this sense, interactive elements in interpretative centers do not appear to keep their promise to children of learning science while having fun.
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Daniel Schmitt. Ce que "comprendre" signifie pour les jeunes visiteurs dans un centre de culture scientifique. Questions de communication. Série actes, Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2015, Les cultures des sciences en Europe. Dispositifs, publics, acteurs, institutions, 25, pp.225-236. ⟨hal-01552070⟩



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