Ac­ti­vat­ing the Dis­play

The­ses from the Re­search Project „sci­ence with all sens­es – sci­ence and gen­der in the mak­ing“

The following theses are based on the research project „science with all senses – science and gender in the making“, 2007-2009, sponsored by the WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) and organised by the Viennese research association „science communication research“ with the ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna as partner organisation. The project addressed the questions of how children acquire knowledge in museums, how they adopt and adapt it, and what kinds of knowledge are being produced. Secondly, the project engaged in the question of defining the role (and the construction) of gender in the process. Based on contemporary museological debates and field work, this essay concludes with a methodological approach that we find useful to connect museum education with research, and at the same time develop a practice-led research in museums studies.

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