TITLE

Effects of a Mobile Electronic Guidebook on Visitors' Attention and Visiting Behaviors

AUTHOR(S)
Yao-Ting Sung; Kuo-En Chang; Yi-Hsuan Lee; Wen-Cheng Yu
PUB. DATE
April 2008
SOURCE
Journal of Educational Technology & Society;Apr2008, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p67
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Museums are one of the most important institutions providing students with the opportunity to gain knowledge, experience cultures, and develop different interests in an informal learning setting. As information and communication technology (ICT) has become more popular, many researchers have also become concerned with how to use mobile devices to support the museum's functions of lifelong learning. Although researchers have proposed several innovative types of mobile-device based electronic guidebooks, the effects of the most used audio-visual guidebooks have been rarely evaluated. This study explored the effect of a mobile electronic guidebook on visiting behaviors in a museum of history. Visitors' behaviors with two visiting modes (visiting with the electronic guidebook and visiting without supplementary tools) were compared. Forty-two college students were invited to visit the National Museum of History in Taiwan and were randomly assigned to one of the two visit modes. The results showed that the students with the electronic guidebook had a longer holding time with exhibits than the students without supplementary materials. The sequential analysis of visiting behaviors also showed that the students with the electronic guidebook displayed more inquisitive and structural behaviors when interacting with the exhibits.
ACCESSION #
32580391

 

Related Articles

  • Museum visitors as an object of museological research. Dolák, Jan // Problems of Museology;2013, Vol. 1 Issue 7, p85 

    The paper deals with museum visitors from the museology point of view. In addition to attention given to the forms and ways of museum communication, equal attention should be given to its recipient, i.e. the addressee. Museum visitors can be classified by different criteria (age, sex, domestic...

  • How to 'Enlighten' museum visitors: Curating Derby Museum's Enlightenment Exhibition. Dunning, Louise // Scene (2044-3714);Dec2013, Vol. 1 Issue 3, p429 

    How many times have we, the museum visitor, stood in front of a display case full of objects and let our eyes glance over them, not really taking in any of them individually? Not understanding why they were grouped as they are, or bothering to read the labels that the curator has painstakingly...

  • Jurassic technology? Sustaining presumptions of intersubjectivity in a disruptive environment. Jansen, Robert // Theory & Society;Apr2008, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p127 

    While the problem of intersubjectivity has motivated a great deal of sociological research, there has been little consideration of the relationship between intersubjectivity-sustaining practices and the physical environment in which these are enacted. The Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) is a...

  • Aspects of Learning in the Natural History Museum. Or, are all Visitors Disabled in Science? Van-Praèt, Michael // Art Bulletin of Nationalmuseum Stockholm;1998, Vol. 5, p131 

    The article discusses the significance of museums in the provision of knowledge to visitors in Sweden. These facilities are a great venue to acquire additional knowledge in a particular field of interest. Eventhough museum visitors ranges from different age group, museum organizers and...

  • Paediatric Surgery at the Museum of the Medical University. BUKOWSKI, MAREK // Opuscula Musealia;2012, Vol. 20, p129 

    The paper discusses the preparation of an exhibition devoted to paediatric surgery at the Medical University. It is a relatively young medical specialisation, practiced by a rather limited group of medical professionals. Knowledge on this subject is also limited, even among health care...

  • New trends in modern museum exposition solutions. Pitelková, Libuše // Museum: Museum & Regional Studies;Jun2009, p27 

    The article offers information on the new trends in museum exhibitions. It states that modern age has brought new trends in the audiovisual technologies and these new trends influenced museums that manage cultural heritage. It mentions that audiovisual and interactive technology made adults and...

  • Between the Museum and the Academy: Fashion Research and its Constituencies. Breward, Christopher // Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture;Mar2008, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p83 

    This article takes a personal perspective on the shifting relationship between fashion research generated in the British higher education sector and in the museum context over the past ten years. It identifies the impact of new interdisciplinary approaches and funding opportunities and argues...

  • Scientific collections and nomadism. DELAUNE, ANNE-MARIE; LENOIR, MARION // Opuscula Musealia;2012, Vol. 20, p17 

    Do objects of science need a permanent theatre in the University? In a multidisciplinary and multicampus university, is it a good solution to think about the development of collections through the creation of a museum? An alternative would be access to the collections in a successive, partial...

  • Families First! Rethinking Exhibits to Engage All Ages. Rand, Anne Grimes; Kiihne, Robert; Watkins, Sarah // History News;Winter2009, Vol. 64 Issue 1, Special section p1 

    The article discusses ways to improve history museum attendance among families in the U.S. It describes various proposals that would attract families to museums, which include putting families at the center of exhibit development, using technologically sophisticated interactive displays that...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics