A guided tour in the Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra: setting-specific practices in an informal educational environment

Joana B. V. Marques, Andrew P. Carlin, Ricardo Moutinho

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Abstract

This paper examines the praxeology of informal educational practices (i.e. how participants produce setting-specific practices to make a tour happen) in the Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra through close analysis of a video-recorded excerpt of a guided tour. Guided visits in informal science settings are important educational events that take place every day in many institutions. Even so, research addressing these activities in detail remains scarce. It is assumed that tours are “structured” interactions, having a stable format in which participants follow predetermined actions. Nonetheless, the results of this study show that the guided tour observed here is highly interactive, with educational practices being co-accomplished by participants (guides and students) with different levels of astronomical expertise. The present study aims to contribute to our understanding of guided tours, and in so doing shows the importance of methods for data analysis sensitive to naturally occurring events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalEducational Studies
Early online date31 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) of Macau under Grant 0054/2019/A. The authors would like to thank the Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, for their availability and permission in collecting and using the data.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Education
  • guided tours
  • conversation analysis
  • informal education
  • ethnomethodology
  • astronomy education

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