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CHOICEThe writing aims to be practical...useful for those in museums to create more effective organizations. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals.
— K. Marantz
Museum learning is a vital component of the lifelong learning process that increasingly shapes the development of twenty-first century individuals. In The Manual of Museum Learning, seasoned museum professionals offer practical advice for creating successful learning experiences in museums and related institutions, including galleries, zoos, and botanic gardens, that can attract and intrigue diverse audiences. Based on an understanding of museum learning as an experience that occurs within a personal, social, and physical context, it explores why, for whom, and how these contexts can be orchestrated in museum galleries with optimal results.
Chapter 1 Preface, with Acknowledgments Part 2 I. WHY: The Rationale for Museum Learning Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1. Museums, Lifelong Learning, and Civil Society Chapter 5 2. What Is Museum-based Learning? Chapter 6 3. The Potential of Museum Learning—The Essential Museum Part 7 II. WHO: Participants in Museum Learning Chapter 8 Introduction Chapter 9 4. Families and Children Challenging Museums Chapter 10 5. New Relationships with the Formal Education Sector Chapter 11 6. Involving the Community: The Museum as Forum for Dialogue and Learning Part 12 III. HOW: Resources for Museum Learning Chapter 13 Introduction Chapter 14 7. The Centrality of Museum Educators: Organizing and Budgeting for Museum Learning Chapter 15 8. Space and Facilities for Museum Learning Chapter 16 9. Interpretive Planning and the Media of Museum Learning Chapter 17 10. Audience-Based Measures of Success: Evaluating Museum Learning Chapter 18 11. Marketing Museum Learning Chapter 19 12. Multiple Points of Reentry: The Challenge of Sustaining Participation in Museum Learning Chapter 20 Conclusion