Zoo Talk

Authors: Patrick, Patricia G., Dale Tunnicliffe, Sue

  • Provides a new look at informal education and education in zoos through the development of an Informal Learning Model and a Zoo Knowledge Model
  • Suggests activities for classroom educators to employ before, during, and after a zoo visit
  • First book focusing on how children learn about animals and children’s discourse when viewing animals
  • Offers a visual explanation of students’ knowledge of zoos
  • Identifies potential learning opportunities such as narratives, inquiry science, and cross-curricular activities
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About this book

Founded on the premise that zoos are ‘bilingual’—that the zoo, in the shape of its staff and exhibits, and its visitors speak distinct languages—this enlightening analysis of the informal learning that occurs in zoos examines the ‘speech’ of exhibits and staff as well as the discourse of visitors beginning in the earliest years. Using real-life conversations among visitors as a basis for discussion, the authors interrogate children’s responses to the exhibits and by doing so develop an ‘informal learning model’ and a ‘zoo knowledge model’ that prompts suggestions for activities that classroom educators can use before, during, and after a zoo visit.

Their analysis of the ‘visitor voice’ informs creative suggestions for how to enhance the educational experiences of young patrons. By assessing visitors’ entry knowledge and their interpretations of the exhibits, the authors establish a baseline for zoos that helps them to refine their communication with visitors, for example in expanding knowledge of issues concerning biodiversity and biological conservation. The book includes practical advice for zoo and classroom educators about positive ways to prepare for zoo visits, engaging activities during visits, and follow-up work that maximizes the pedagogical benefits. It also reflects on the interplay between the developing role of zoos as facilitators of learning, and the ways in which zoos help visitors assimilate the knowledge on offer. In addition to being essential reading for educators in zoos and in the classroom, this volume is full of insights with much broader contextual relevance for getting the most out of museum visits and field trips in general.

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From the book reviews:

“The book Zoo Talk, authored by Patricia G. Patrick and Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, provides a new look at informal education, suggests activities for educators to employ and identifies potential learning opportunities in zoos and aquariums. … The book Zoo Talk is essential reading for all educators in zoos and aquariums.” (WAZA News, Issue 4, 2014)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Patrick, Patricia G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • A History of Animal Collections

    Patrick, Patricia G. (et al.)

    Pages 5-17

  • Rationale for the Existence of Zoos

    Patrick, Patricia G. (et al.)

    Pages 19-35

  • Visitors’ Knowledge of Zoos

    Patrick, Patricia G. (et al.)

    Pages 37-51

  • Exhibit Design

    Patrick, Patricia G. (et al.)

    Pages 53-70

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-4863-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4862-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-9909-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Zoo Talk
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4863-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4863-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4862-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9909-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 216
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