Adult Child Interaction Inventory
The Adult Child Interaction Inventory (ACII) was designed in partnership with the Boston Children’ Museum. It was the result of a three-year NSF funded research study to answer the following questions:
- What verbal and non-verbal interactions are families using to support preschool children’s STEM learning?
- What are the specific types of design strategies that support effective verbal and non-verbal interactions that can result in stronger STEM learning for preschool children?
The ACII is an observation/interview instrument that can be used for evaluation or development of exhibits when the role of the adult in the child’s experience is key to the exhibit project. Through observation and an interview with the caregiver, the researcher can identity the variety of roles the adult played in the child’s experience. The researcher can also identify what key design elements of the exhibit support adult-child interaction.
While the ACII was originally developed for the purposes of exhibit evaluation and development, it has also been useful as a training tool for museum staff and preschool teachers so they can better understand how families interact around informal science experiences.
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