Patterns in Practice: Selections from the Journal of Museum Education

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Museum Education Roundtable, 1992 - Education - 391 pages
This is the second anthology of the "Journal of Museum Education." This edition reflects the maturation of the field of museum education, reports on its evolution, and reminds the reader of the diversity to be found in the field. Introspective essays by numerous authors challenge museum educators to reexamine their goals, attitudes, work, and audiences they serve. Divided into the following five sections, some essays include: Section 1, "Coming of Age:""The Museum's Role in a Multicultural Society" (Brown); "Afro-American Museums: A Future Full of Promise" (Dickerson); "To Realize Our Museums' Full Potential" (Madden); "Professional Standards for Museum Educators 'American Association of Museums Standing Professional Committee on Education' Preface" (Williams); Section 2,"Reflecting on Things and Theory:""Object Knowledge: Every Museum Visitor an Interpreter" (Schlereth); "Vision and Culture: The Role of Museums in Visual Literacy" (Rice); "Naive Notions and the Design of Science Museum Exhibits" (Borun); "Passionate and Purposeful: Adult Learning Communities" (Baldwin et al); "Sending Them Home Alive" (Olds); Section 3: "Considering the Museum Experience:""New Directions for Research" (Diamond); "Visitor Participation in Formative Exhibit Evaluation" (McNamara); "The Family Museum Experience: Implications from Research" and "Afterword" (Dierking); "Understanding Demographic Data on 200 Visitors" (Birney, Heinrich); Section 4: "Putting Plans into Practice:""Ideas on Informal Learning and Teaching" (Mayer); "Decentralizing Interpretation: Developing Museum Education Materials with and for Schools" (O'Connell); "Education Programs for Older Adults" and "Afterword" (Sharpe); "Learning about Reptiles and Amphibians: A Family Experience" (White, Marcellini, Barry); "Theater Techniques in an Aquarium or a Natural History Museum" (Rutowski); and Section 5: "Thinking about Ourselves and Our Field:""Your Private Temple: Fighting Change" (Muhlberger); "Concept, Method, and Professional Exchange" (Matelic); and "Preparation for Empowerment." Each section contains an introductory essay, followed by essays with varied perspectives on the theme of the section. (EH)

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Historical Context Barbara Franco
From Childhood through Adolescence
On Interpretation and Historic Sites Suzanne B Schell

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About the author (1992)

Susan K. Nichols is an author and editor in the museum field. In addition to editing two readers from the Journal of Museum Education, she has been involved in such books and reports as Organizing Your Museum: The Essentials, Visitor Surveys: A User's Manual, Fund Raising: A Basic Reader, and Historians/Artifacts/Learners: Working Papers.

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