Learning Conversations in Museums

Learning Conversations in Museums

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What do people learn from visiting museums and how do they learn it? The editors approach this question by focusing on conversations as both the process and the outcome of museum learning. People do not come to museums to talk, but they often do talk. This talk can drift from discussions of managing the visit, to remembrances of family members and friends not present, to close analyses of particular objects or displays. This volume explores how these conversations reflect and change a visitor's identity, discipline-specific knowledge, and engagement with an informal learning environment that has been purposefully constructed by an almost invisible community of designers, planners, and educators.
Fitting nicely into a small but rapidly expanding market, this book presents: *one of the first theoretically grounded set of studies on museum learning; *an explicit presentation of innovative and rich methodologies on learning in museums; *information on a variety of museums and subject matter; *a study on exhibitions, ranging from art to science content; *authors from the museum and the academic world; *a range of methods--from the analysis of diaries written to record museum visits, to studies of preservice teachers using pre- and post-museum visit tests; *an examination of visitors ranging from age 4-75 years of age, and from known and unknown sample populations; and *a lens that examines museum visits in a fine grained (1 second) or big picture (week, year long) way.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 24.38mm | 657g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138866822
  • 9781138866829
  • 1,593,725

Table of contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Conversations: A Year of Learning. K. Knutson, Creating a Space for Learning: Curators, Educators and the Implied Audience. M. Abu-Shumays, G. Leinhardt, Two Docents, Three Museums: Central and Peripheral Participation. K.M. Ellenbogen, Museums in Family Life: An Ethnographic Case Study. G. Leinhardt, C. Tittle, K. Knutson, Talking to Oneself: Diaries of Museum Visits. Part II: Conversations: An Afternoon of Learning. G. Leinhardt, M. Gregg, Burning Buses, Burning Crosses: Student Teachers See Civil Rights. J. Fienberg, G. Leinhardt, Looking Through the Glass: Reflections of Identity in Conversations at a History Museum. C. Stainton, Voices and Images: Making Connections Between Identity and Art. S. Allen, Looking for Learning in Visitor Talk: A Methodological Exploration. E. Rosenthal, J. Blankman-Hetrick, Conversations Across Time: Family Learning in a Living History Museum. Part III: Conversations: A Moment of Learning. K. Crowley, M. Jacobs, Building Islands of Expertise in Everyday Family Activity. D. Ash, Negotiations of Thematic Conversations About Bioilogy. S.G. Paris, M.J. MercerFinding Self in Objects: Identity Exploration in Museums. L. Schauble, M. Gleason, R. Lehrer, K. Bartlett, A. Petrosino, A. Allen, K. Clinton, E. Ho, M. Jones, Y-S. Lee, J-A. Phillips, J. Siegler, J. Street, Supporting Science Learning in Museums.
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