Connecting Kids To History With Museum Exhibitions

Connecting Kids To History With Museum Exhibitions

by D Lynn McRainey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1598743821

ISBN-13: 9781598743821

Pub. Date: 02/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Kids have profound and important relationships to the past, but they don't experience history in the same way as adults. For museum professionals and everyone involved in informal history education and exhibition design, this book is the essential new guide to creating meaningful and memorable connections to the past for children. This vital museum audience

Overview

Kids have profound and important relationships to the past, but they don't experience history in the same way as adults. For museum professionals and everyone involved in informal history education and exhibition design, this book is the essential new guide to creating meaningful and memorable connections to the past for children. This vital museum audience possesses many of the same dynamic qualities as trained historian—curiosity, inquiry, empathy for the human experience—yet traditional history exhibitions tend to focus on passive looking in the galleries, giving priority to relaying information through words. D. Lynn McRainey and John Russick bring together top museum professionals to present state-of-the-art research and practice that respects and incorporates kids' developmental stages and learning preferences and the specific ways in which kids connect to history. They provide concrete tools for audience research and evaluation; exhibition development and design; and working with kids as "creative consultants." The only book to focus comprehensively on history exhibits for kids, Connecting Kids to History With Museum Exhibitions shows how to enhance the experiences of a vitally important but frequently the least understood museum audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598743821
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Phyllis Rabineau

Preface

Introduction: Who Needs History? by D. Lynn McRainey and John Russick

Part I: Valuing Kids

Introduction to Part I

1. Never Too Young to Connect to History: Cognitive Development and Learning, Sharon Shaffer

2. It’s about Them: Using Developmental Frameworks to Create Exhibitions for Children (and Their Grown-ups), Elizabeth Reich Rawson

3. Experts, Evaluators, and Explorers: Collaborating with Kids, Anne Grimes Rand and Robert Kiihne

Part II: Connecting Kids to History

Introduction to Part II

4. Finding the Story in History, Leslie Bedford

5. Imagination—A Child’s Gateway to Engagement with the Past, Daniel Spock

6. Playing with the Past, Jon-Paul C. Dyson

7. A Sense of the Past, D. Lynn McRainey

8. Are We There Yet? Children, History, and the Power of Place, Benjamin Filene

Part III: Creating History Exhibitions for Kids

Introduction to Part III

9. Shaping the Space: Designing for Kids, Andrew Anway and Neal Mayer

10. Making History Interactive, John Russick

11. Is it Real? Kids and Collections, Mary Jane Taylor and Beth A. Twiss Houting

12. Write and Design with the Family in Mind, Judy Rand

13. In a Language They’ll Understand: Media and Museums, Gail Ringel

About the Authors

Selected Bibliography

Index

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