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Natural History Dioramas – Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes

Socio-cultural Aspects

Editors: Scheersoi, Annette, Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale (Eds.)

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  • Points out how dioramas can contribute to the well-being of societies
  • Focuses on individual, cultural and social factors that influence the learning experience
  • Discusses the potentials and limitations of dioramas as contemporary agents of knowledge transfer in science 
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About this book

This book focuses on socio-cultural issues and the potential of using dioramas in museums to engage various audiences with – and in – contemporary debates and big issues, which society and the natural environment are facing, such as biodiversity loss.
From the early 1900s, with the passage of time and changes in cultural norms in societies, this genre of exhibits evolved in response to the changes in entertainment, expectations and expressed needs of museum visitors. The challenge has always been to provide meaningful, relevant experiences to visitors, and this is still the aim today. Dioramas are also increasingly valued as learning tools. Contributions in this book specifically focus on their educational potential. In practice, dioramas are used by a wide range of educational practitioners to assist learners in developing and understanding specific concepts, such as climate change, evolution or or conservation issues. In this learning process, dioramas not only contribute to scientific understanding and cultural awareness, but also reconnect wide audiences to the natural world and thereby contribute to the well-being of societies.

In the simultaneously published book: “Natural History Dioramas – Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes, Science Educational Aspects" the editors discuss the history of dioramas and their building and science learning aspects, as well as current developments and their place in the visitor experience. 

About the authors

Annette Scheersoi is a Professor in Biology Education at the University of Bonn,Germany. Her doctorate was on museum’s exhibition concepts and the use of differentmedia for communicating biological knowledge. Since 2005 she is a biology teachertrainerand researcher, first at Frankfurt University, then at the University of Cologneand now at Bonn’s university. Her research on biology learning focuses on interestdevelopment in out-of-school learning environments. Annette also develops learningmaterials for schools as well as for museums, zoos and botanic gardens.
Sue Dale Tunnicliffe is a Reader in Science Education at UCL Institute ofEducation, University College London. She holds a bachelors degree fromWestfield College, University of London in Zoology and trained as a secondarybiology teacher at the university’s Institute of Education. After teaching ingrammar schools for a few years she had children and, wanting to find out moreabout how young children learnt science, particularly biology, she enteredprimary school teaching and is now interested in pre school learning, as well asanimals as exhibits. She set up and ran a new Primary Science and DesignTechnology advisory team for London Borough of Richmond and then becameHead of Education at the Zoological Society of London. She has worked at theBBC and in a cultural museum. Her doctorate was from King’s College,London ’Talking about animals: conversations of children in zoos, a museum anda farm”. She has published widely.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Natural History Dioramas and Socio-cultural Aspects

    Pages 1-6

    Scheersoi, Annette (et al.)

  • Leisure Visitor’s Responses to Natural History Dioramas

    Pages 9-24

    Gkouskou, Eirini (et al.)

  • Learning to Teach Newcomer Students Using Dioramas of North America

    Pages 25-36

    Macdonald, Maritza (et al.)

  • Window to Nature: MuseobilBOX-Dioramas in the Museum Koenig

    Pages 37-51

    Neitscher, Eva (et al.)

  • Rethinking Natural History Dioramas: Bundling the Needs of Neuro-Diverse and Neuro-Typical Visitors

    Pages 53-77

    Gabriel, Paul

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eBook £79.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-00208-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £99.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-00207-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Natural History Dioramas – Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes
Book Subtitle
Socio-cultural Aspects
Editors
  • Annette Scheersoi
  • Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00208-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00208-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00207-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 211
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations
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