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The Educational Role of the Museum (Leicester Readers in Museum Studies)

The Educational Role of the Museum (Leicester Readers in Museum Studies)
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780415198271
ISBN 10: 415198275
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1999-04-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $52.95

Grounded in the solid strengths of its first edition, this updated and revised second edition, collates recent and important articles that address the relationships of museums and galleries to their audiences.

The Educational Role of the Museum has been entirely restructured and new papers have been added which make this an up-to-date presentation of front-running theory and practice.

Covering broad themes relevant to providing for all museum visitors, and also focusing specifically on educational groups, the book is set in four sections which sequentially:

  • chart the development of museum communication

  • relate constructivist learning theory to specific audiences with different learning needs

  • apply this learning theory to the development of museum exhibitions

  • pose questions about the way museums conceptualize audiences.

For any student of museum studies, and for professionals too, this book fuses theory with practice in a way that can only serve to enhance their knowledge of the field.


Contains sections on communication theories, learning in museums, developing effective exhibitions, and thinking about museum audiences. Looks at areas including museum multicultural education for young learners, intrinsic motivation in museums, writing texts for exhibitions, increasing exhibit accessibility, and pupils' perceptions of museum education sessions. More than one-third of the chapters in this edition are new, with discussions of constructivism and its application within museum and gallery exhibitions, audience research, museum education, and communication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)