Inquiry in Training: Tools and Strategies for Coaching Floor-Staff to Support Inquiry

Monday, October 1, 2018: 2:30 PM-3:45 PM
Meeting Room 17 (Connecticut Convention Center)
Session Leader:
Angela Damery, Program Manager, Exhibit Interpretation, Museum of Science
Session Moderator:
Angela Damery, Program Manager, Exhibit Interpretation, Museum of Science
Presenters:
Priya Mohabir, Vice President, Youth Development, and Director, Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists, New York Hall of Science, Rebecca Haynes, Explainer Program Manager, Montshire Museum of Science, Becky Smick, Interpretation Coordinator, Museum of Science and Lauren Van Derzee, Educator, Sciencenter

While facilitators play a key role in engaging visitors in hands-on activities, their enthusiasm to share expertise or help visitors succeed can get in the way of encouraging visitors to use inquiry skills. How can we redesign training strategies that refocus facilitators on supporting the visitor’s role in inquiry?

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