Learning in the Museum

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März 1998



" Learning in the Museum" confronts the educational role which museums can have and shows how research in visitor studies and the philosophy of education can be applied to facilitate a meaningful educational experience in museums. The book contains a brief history of education in public museums, and goes on to examine how the educational theories of Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky relate to learning in the museum. A survey of the wide range of research methods employed in visitor studies is illustrated with examples taken from museums around the world. George E. Hein concludes that visitors best learn when knowledge is actively constructed in their own minds, and provides a model of the "constructivist museum"--one with exhibitions which are physically, socially, and intellectually accessible to every single visitor.


1. The Significance of Museum Education Introduction A Brief History of Museum Education The Significance of Education in Museums Definitions of Education Formal and Informal Education Education Within the Museum Profession Interpretations of Culture Museums in a Changing World Museums as Active Preservers of Culture Conclusion


George E. Hein is a Professor at Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is co-author of Active Assessment of Active Science (1991) and a leading authority on museum education.


This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on museum education...Its review of the research literature on visitor studies and consideration of research models and methods make it a very useful guide for professionals engaged in those activities. As well, it offers sound educational principles to develop exhibits that are respectful of visitors' abilities to learn.
EAN: 9780415097765
ISBN: 0415097762
Untertitel: 'Museum Meanings'. 5 line figures, 2 graphs, 11 tables. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1998
Seitenanzahl: 216 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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