In Principle, in Practice: Museums as Learning Institutions

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John Howard Falk, Lynn Diane Dierking, Susan Foutz
Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 2007 - Education - 315 pages
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The science museum field has made tremendous advances in understanding museum learning, but little has been done to consolidate and synethesize these findings to encourage widespread improvements in practice. By clearly presenting the most current knowledge of museum learning, In Principle, In Practice aims to promote effective programs and exhibitions, identify promising approaches for future research, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining connections between research and practice in the museum community.
  

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Contents

Toward an Improved Understanding of Learning From Museums Filmmaking as Metaphor
3
Family Learning in Museums Perspectives on a Decade of Research
17
Students Teachers and Museums Toward an Intertwined Learning Circle
31
Exhibit Design in Science Museums Dealing With a Constructivist Dilemma
43
Research on Learning From Museums
57
Envisioning the Customized Museum An Agenda to Guide Reflective Practice and Research
77
Museums and Cultural Understanding
91
Raising the Relevancy Bar at Aquariums and Science Centers
107
Fostering Effective FreeChoice Learning Institutions Integrating Theory Research Practice and Policymaking
167
Meaningful Collaboration
181
Understanding the LongTerm Impacts of Museum Experiences
197
Investigating Socially Mediated Learning
217
Research in Museums Coping With Complexity
229
An Emerging Research Framework for Studying FreeChoice Learning and Schools
247
References
261
Index
295

Challenging Convention and Communicating Controversy Learning Through IssuesBased Museum Exhibitions
121
New Ways of Doing Business
139
Optimizing Learning Opportunities in Museums The Role of Organizational Culture
153
About the Contributors
303
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Page 282 - National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century. (2000). Before it's too late: A report to the nation.

About the author (2007)

John H. Falk Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University. Lynn D. Dierking is professor of science and mathematics at Oregon State University. Susan Foutz is a research associate at the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Maryland.

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