Sponsors and donors have become increasingly important for exhibition construction during the latest decades. It seems, however, as this risk bringing consequences on the choice of exhibition content and design when it comes to traditional museums such as natural history museums, art museums or historical museums. But in what ways may sponsors impact exhibition content and design at science and technology centres? This study seeks to explore how staff members consider the impact of sponsors and donors on exhibit content and design. The data collection involves a survey, interviews and a focus group interview with staff members, who work with planning and constructing new exhibitions at their science and technology centre. The results suggest that sponsors may interfere in exhibition construction both directly and indirectly. This means that sponsors could put explicit demands when it comes to the choice of scientific content and design and thereby interfere directly. Indirect impact, on the other hand, refers to implicit demands of sponsors where staff members take into account for what they believe are views of the sponsors through self-censorship.
Narst Annual International Conference: Grand Challenges and Great Opportunities in Science Education, 2009
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National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2009
National Association of Research in Science Teaching