As we make keen observations and gather information about an image, a video, a natural process or our surroundings, we process that information and begin to reflect and formulate questions. These observations provide us with opportunities to think critically and gain knowledge. It seems as if this would be a natural, instinctive thought process. For some it is. For some it seems that we lose the ability to make observations or think critically. In turn we become passive listeners who repeat the expected answers. As interpreters we facilitate connections between visitors and the resources that we interpret. iSWOOP takes this concept a step further by challenging us to facilitate active inquiry that allows visitors to make observations, reflect and then formulate questions.
Active learning involves making an observation and asking questions.
The question in turn is, how do we nurture our and the visitors inner scientist?