Research Informing the Practice of Museum Educators

Diverse Audiences, Challenging Topics, and Reflective Praxis

Editors: Anderson, David, de Cosson, Alex, McIntosh, Lisa (Eds.)

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  • The themes of this book represent a set of topical issues germane to informing, extending and enhancing educational practices in diverse museum settings, and will be of considerable interest to the museum and non-formal education fields broadly
  • The research, learning and reflective practice chronicled in this collection will help museums and galleries learn, grow, and adapt to a rapidly changing world – in ways that are both practical and inspiring
  • This book does not shy away from the big and difficult issues facing museum educators in the field today, such as facilitating conversations about death with children, or communicating the impact of Indian Residential Schools on society, as such it is a significant and valuable resource for all museums
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Museums are institutions of both education and learning in service of society, that is, they are sites where educational experiences are designed and facilitated, and also places where visitors learn in broad and diverse ways. As such, the role of public education in museums today is highly important, if not at the centre of museum activity. As museums contemplate the growing significance of their educational roles and mandate within a changing society, so too they are increasingly in need of information about the audiences they serve and their own professional practice as they strive to achieve their educational missions in service to the communities in which they are embedded. Accordingly, this edited book focuses on informing, broadening and enhancing the pedagogy of museum education and the practices of museum educators. The chapters in this book report independent research studies conducted by the authors who have explored and investigated a variety of issues affecting museum education practice, contextualized across a range of institutions, including art galleries, natural and social history museums, anthropology museums, science centres, and gardens. These studies address a cross-section of contemporary issues confronting the field of museum education including studies of diverse audiences and their needs, the mediation of challenging topics, professional training, teaching and learning in informal settings, and reflective practice and praxis. Together these themes represent a set of topical issues germane to informing, broadening and enhancing educational practices in diverse museum settings, and will be of considerable interest to a broad spectrum of the museum and non-formal education fields.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Research Informing the Practice of Museum Educators
Book Subtitle
Diverse Audiences, Challenging Topics, and Reflective Praxis
Editors
  • David Anderson
  • Alex de Cosson
  • Lisa McIntosh
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6300-238-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6300-238-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 256
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