As the first book to take a "visitor's eye view" of the museum visit, The Museum Experience revolutionized the way museum professionals understand their constituents. Falk and Dierking integrate their original research from a wide variety of disciplines as well as visitor studies from institutions ranging from science centers and zoos to art and natural history museums. Written in clear, non-technical style, The Museum Experience paints a thorough picture of why people go to museums, what they do there, how they learn, and what museum practitioners can do to enhance these experiences. This book is an essential reference for all museum professionals and students of museum studies, and has been used widely for higher education courses in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. Originally published in 1992, the book is now available from Left Coast Press, Inc. as of November 2010.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
John H. Falk is a leading figure in free-choice learning, museum research, and science education in the United States. Currently, he holds the position Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University. He is founder and Director Emeritus of the well-known museum research firm, Institute for Learning Innovation, in Annapolis, Maryland and has worked at a variety of other key positions in the museum world, including 14 years at the Smithsonian Institution. Falk earned a joint doctorate in Biology and Education from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of biology, psychology and education, co-author with Lynn Dierking of The Museum Experience, Learning from Museums: Visitor experiences and the making of meaning, and Lessons without Limit: How free-choice learning is transforming education, with Beverly Sheppard of Thriving in the Knowledge Age: New business models for museums and other cultural institutions and editor of numerous books including Free-Choice Science Education: How we learn science outside of school.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Willard L. BoydPrefaceIntroduction: The Interactive Experience ModelSection I: Before the VisitChapter 1: The Museum as a Leisure-Time ExperienceChapter 2: The Personal Context: Visitor AgendasSection II: During the VisitChapter 3: The Social Context: Groups in the MuseumChapter 4: The Physical Context: Visitor PathwaysChapter 5: The Physical Context: Exhibits and LabelsChapter 6: The Interplay of Contexts: The Museum as GestaltSection III: The Museum Visit RememberedChapter 7: Museum Learning DefinedChapter 8: Understanding the Museum ExperienceSection IV: A Professional's Guide to the Museum ExperienceChapter 9: Creating the Museum ExperienceChapter 10: Creating Museum Experiences for Casual VisitorsChapter 11: Creating Museum Experiences for Organized GroupsAppendixReferencesAnnotated Bibliography