The ethnography

A science discovery centre formed the field site for our research. This hands-on science exploratory provides a rich environment that is a relatively self-contained and provided a feasible bounded site for the research. The expertise in the field of education within the research team resulted in the sites selection. In particular the team were interested in the following issues:

Public engagement with science and technology;

Childrens' and young peoples' understanding of science;

The representation of the scientific and technological in an interactive environment;

The use of web-based interactive science exhibits; and

Visitors’ consumption of space, exhibits and artefacts.

The ethnography was thus a contribution in its own right to the contemporary study of public pedagogy, science in society, and consumption.
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