In Support of Idiosyncrasy

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The institutions that seem most prey to a "cookie cutter" approach are science centers and children's museums. Funders like the NSF have encouraged science centers in particular to share their techniques and evaluations, which is fabulous but also leads to rampant and sometimes unthinking imitation. The best children's and science museums are deeply community-interrelated, often in ways that are hard to discern from the exhibits when experiencing them casually.

The Truth about Bilingual Interpretation: Guest Post by Steve Yalowitz

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in Applied Social Psychology and has evaluated and researched informal learning experiences in museums and other visitor institutions for over 20 years. With Spanish labels available, adults were able to facilitate, guiding the conversations and interactions, showing their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews where to focus and how to interact. Adults who were previously dependent on their children could now take the lead as confident facilitators.