The Educational role of the museum / edited by Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Hooper-Greenhill, Eilean [ed.].
ISBN: 0415112877.Edition: 1rst ed.Publisher: London : Routledge, 1994Description: xiv, 340 p.Series: Leicester readers in museum studies: Summary: The Educational Role of the Museum is a compilation of recent and important articles that address me relationships of museums and galleries to their audiences. The book falls into two sections. The first part coven broad themes relevant to providing for all museum visitors and the second part focus specifically on educational groups. Part one introduces theories of communication and the mass media in the context of the museum environment. It examines patterns of visitation and ways of enabling visitors to feel welcome. This first part also looks at exhibition theory and gives examples and case studies of good practice in the use of objects, language, interactive exhibits and evaluation. Part two looks in detail at education provision in museums in Britain today. It includes a wide range of articles and extracts covering the learning styles and characteristics of children and adult and methods of evaluating education programmes. The editor emphasises the need for museums to develop their educational role in the light of the increasing emphasis on value for money and the need to improve the quality of the visitor experience. The book will be invaluable for students and museum professionals who wish to develop their awareness of contemporary thinking in museum communication and education. (Font: Editor)
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The Educational Role of the Museum is a compilation of recent and important articles that address me relationships of museums and galleries to their audiences. The book falls into two sections. The first part coven broad themes relevant to providing for all museum visitors and the second part focus specifically on educational groups. Part one introduces theories of communication and the mass media in the context of the museum environment. It examines patterns of visitation and ways of enabling visitors to feel welcome. This first part also looks at exhibition theory and gives examples and case studies of good practice in the use of objects, language, interactive exhibits and evaluation. Part two looks in detail at education provision in museums in Britain today. It includes a wide range of articles and extracts covering the learning styles and characteristics of children and adult and methods of evaluating education programmes. The editor emphasises the need for museums to develop their educational role in the light of the increasing emphasis on value for money and the need to improve the quality of the visitor experience. The book will be invaluable for students and museum professionals who wish to develop their awareness of contemporary thinking in museum communication and education. (Font: Editor)

List of figures -- List of tables -- Series preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill -- Part 1. Communication theory and museum exhibitions: 1. Museum communication: an introductory essay / Eilean Hooper- Greenhill -- 2. A new communication model for museums / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill -- 3. The process of communication / J. Morgan, P. Welton -- 4. The museum as a communicator: a semiotic analysis of the Western Australian Gallery, Perth / Robert Hodge, Wilfred D'Souza -- 5. Who goes to museums? / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill -- 6. Why don't people go to museums? / Tanya Du Bery -- 7. Problems in visitor orientation and circulation / Stephen Bitgood -- 8. Sending them home alive / Anita Rui Olds -- 9. Image and self image / Marista Leishman -- 10. Outline of a technology for effective science exhibits / Roger S. Miles, Alan F. Tout -- 11. Impact of research on the approach to the visiting public at the Natural History Museum, London / Roger S. Miles, Alan F. Tout -- 12. Cognitive psychology and interpretation: synthesis and application / Sam H. Ham -- 13. Collaboration: towards a more holistic design process / Hank Grasso, Howard Morrison -- 14. Learning to make an exhibition of ourselves / Pat Rabbitt (introduced by Andy Millward) -- 15. Cheap and cheerful: techniques for temporary displays / Mark O'Neill -- 16. Museum text as mediated message / Helen Coxall -- 17. Combating redundancy: writing texts for exhibitions / Margareta Ekarv -- 18. How old is this text? / James Carter -- 19. A writing checklist / J. Caner and D. Hillier -- 20. Worth a Hull lot more / Elizabeth Frostick -- 21. Art history for all the family / John Millard -- 22. Multiculturalism incarnate / Jane Peirson-Jones -- 23. Alternative perspectives / Gaby Porter -- 24. Science by stealth / Patrick Sudbury -- 25. Happy hands-on / Nick Winterbotham -- 26. History: in hand, low-tech and cheap / Harriet Purkis -- 27. Increased exhibit accessibility through multisensory interaction / Betty Davidson, Candace Lee Heald, George E. Hein -- 28. A picture of visitors for exhibition developers / Sandra Bicknell, Peter Mann -- 29. Exhibit evaluation: taking account of human factors / Paul Alter, Rita Ward -- 30. A beginner's guide to evaluation / Phil Bull -- 31. Empowering visitors: focus group interviews for art museums / Benjamin E. Braverman -- 32. Monitoring and evaluation: the techniques / G. Binks, D. Uzzell -- Part 2. Learning theory and educational practice in museums: 33. Museum education / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill -- 34. The past, the present and the future: museum education from the 1790s to the 1990s / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill -- 35. Museum multicultural education for young learners / Joseph H. Suina -- 36. Children, teenagers and adults in museums: a developmental perspective / Nina Jensen -- 37. Teaching with collections / Lynn Plourde -- 38. Improving worksheets / Gail Durbin -- 39. Museumgoers: life-styles and learning characteristics / Charles F. Gunther -- 40. Passionate and purposeful: adult learning communities / Luke Baldwin, Sharlene Cochrane, Constance Counts, John Dolomore, Martha McKenna, Barbara Vacrr -- 41. Whose museum is it anyway? Museum education and the community / Jocelyn Dodd -- 42. Evaluation of museum programmes and exhibits / George E. Hein -- 43. Small scale evaluation / Tim Badman -- 44. Pupils' perceptions of museum education sessions / Marilyn Ingle -- 45. Education: at the heart of museums / Eilean Hooper-Greenhill -- Index

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