Learning from Museums: Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Education - 272 pages
Why do people go to museums and what do they learn there? What roles can museums serve in a learning community? How can museums facilitate more effective learning experiences? John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking investigate these questions in Learning from Museums. Synthesizing theories and research from a wide range of disciplines, including psychology, education, anthropology, neuroscience and museum research, Falk and Dierking explain the nature and process of learning as it occurs within the museum context and provides advice on how museums can create better learning environments. Visit the authors' web page
 

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Another handy reference for those dealing with interpretation and education in a museum setting. Dierking provides some excellent studies into museum-goers motivations and experiences, and every chapter ends with a summary and bibliography. Read full review

Contents

An Introduction
1
2 The Personal Context
15
3 The Sociocultural Context
37
4 The Physical Context
53
5 Museums and the Individual
69
6 Communities of Learners
91
7 A Place for Learning
113
8 The Contextual Model of Learning
135
9 Documenting Learning from Museums
149
10 Making Museums Better Learning Experiences
177
11 Museums in the Larger Society
205
12 The Future of Museums
219
References
237
Index
265
About the Authors
271
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About the author (2000)

John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking are founders and directors of the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Maryland. Their books include Lessons without Limit, The Museum Experience, and Free-Choice Science Education.

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