Engaging Young Children in Museums

Engaging Young Children in Museums

by Sharon E Shaffer


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What does a museum do with a kindergartner who walks through the door? The growth of interest in young children learning in museums has joined the national conversation on early childhood education. Written by Sharon Shaffer, the founding Executive Director of the innovative Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, this is the first book for museum professionals as well as students offering guidance on planning programming for young children.This groundbreaking book:-Explains the various ways in which children learn-Shows how to use this knowledge to design effective programs using a variety of teaching models-Includes examples of successful programs, tested activities, and a set of best practices

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611321999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/31/2014
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 907,169
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Sharon E. Shaffer is currently a museum consultant specializing in providing programming to younger children. Previously, she served nearly twenty-five years as Executive Director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. She is the only educator ever to receive the Smithsonian Institution's Secretary’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service. Shaffer regularly teaches workshop on educating young children through museums and has consulted on this topic both in the United States and abroad. She has a Ph.D. in education from University of Virginia and currently teaches graduate courses at UVA.

Table of Contents

Preface Part I: Understanding the Audience of Young Children in Museums, Past and Present Chapter 1: Children and Museums Chapter 2: The History of Children and Museums in America Chapter 3: Learning Theory and Research in Early Learning Part II: Shaping Programs that Engage Children in Constructing Meaning Chapter 4: The Early Childhood Classroom and Museum Learning Chapter 5: Best Practices: Key Concepts Chapter 6: Best Practices: A Foundation for Early Childhood Programming in Museums Part III: Making a Difference: The Promise of the Future for Early Learning Chapter 7: Advocacy and Support for the Future of Early Learning in Museums Appendixes Notes References Index About the Author

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