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Surveys Confirm Enormous Value of Science Museums, 'Free Choice' Learning
April 7, 2011
One of the first studies of its type has confirmed that a science museum can strongly influence the public's knowledge and attitudes about science and technology, and to a surprising degree can cut across racial, ethnic, educational and economic barriers.
Oregon State University
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