Education vs. Entertainment Study

In 2010, Oceans of Fun took part in a research study that was presented at the 2010 IMATA conference that was held in Boston. This research study is award winning, and Oceans of Fun is proud to have been a part of it!

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DESIGN AFFECTS SHORT-TERM KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OUTCOMES IN SEA LION SHOW AUDIENCES

Abstract

This study compared and contrasted knowledge and attitude effects from a theme and zoological park sea lion show with shared educational objectives. Both programs aspired to foster curiosity and appreciation for species conservation. During summer 2010, 580 retrospective pretest-posttest surveys were distributed to visitors. Respondents agreed (n=532, 92%) sea lion shows were positive learning experiences, however, species conservation knowledge and attitude impacts differed between show types. Data showed a possible link between presenting species conservation information and increased positive environmental attitudes. Other factors such as visitors’ preconceived expectations and attendance motivations may have affected facility success in achieving show conservation objectives. Results highlight the importance of evaluating animal shows to ensure visitors receive conservation messages.


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