Content analysis of exhibit labels in science centers

Gezer, İrem
Exhibit labels are powerful tools for initiating communication between visitors and exhibits in science centers. Exhibit designs and labels can change according to the educational goals in science centers. Previous studies have focused on the aesthetic aspects of labels rather than the content, and they can hardly give us educational messages behind the exhibit labels. The purpose of this study is to investigate variations of labels used for interactive exhibits in science centers. To investigate the variations in exhibit labels, the method of content analysis was used. For this purpose, the data were obtained from six different science centers located in Turkey. Exhibit labels were examined in terms of content and the ways of providing information about the contents. The contents of labels were categorized as directions, explanations, and extensions. Each content was also analyzed and categorized according to the ways of providing information about the content. This study described these three main categories and emerging subcategories with detailed examples. The main categories and subcategories in the study were also analyzed across fields of science and science centers.


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Citation Formats
İ. Gezer, “Content analysis of exhibit labels in science centers,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.