How Education Expositions Complement Standard Education.
Much of today’s focus on education is school-based, leaving out museums, zoos, art galleries, aquariums and science & technology centers and other informal education settings out.
These informal settings are custodians of untapped resources for social, cultural and scientific data, validating misconceptions & contradictory methodologies and nurturing altitudes and cognitive skills.
Learning at Education Exhibition
In such settings, learning is usually voluntary and triggered by curiosity, need for discovery, exploration and the passing of experiences among interested parties. The visitors can equip themselves with critical analysis, divergent thinking & inclination, in-depth understanding of the past in relation to today, pertinent & critical environmental issues and the complexities of the universe.
Unlike in formal education whereby learning is based in the classroom and mode of learning and presentation is regulated and standardized, visitors to these centers are offered learning and presentation strategies which can easily trigger and sustain interest and curiosity hence making the visitor comprehend and understand the variables of study better.
Also the subjects of study in these places are designed to complement scholarly and rich aesthetics to enable visitors to foster right attitudes, to induce motivation and to alter any false reconceptions held as true by the visitors by effectively providing substantive knowledge & facts.
It’s worth noting that learning in these centers is completely out of self-drive and is unguided. There are no exams or grading done in the centers, no justifiable reason for the learner to be attentive, there might be no knowledgeable person to interpret the subjects of study to the learners, and all learning is done under normal & natural conditions as would happen for a person learning a game or hobby. Its like learning while on leisure or on a vacation.
Rise in Education Expositions.
These informal education centers have been popular in the recent past because much of the information is scientific and factual and can be delivered using various modes like video presentations, interactive labels, discussions, objects words and excerpts game strategies etc.
Attractive designs for the subjects of study e.g. the size, color/shade, wording and placements are usually strategic to stimulate & sustain learning among the visitors.
Therefore the purpose of an education exposition can be seen as the reflection, analysis, critique, description & argument of facts and scientific data with the aim of altering a learners misconceptions, pseudo-controversies, contradictory methodologies and any over-simplification of evaluation of data.