9780742502956

Learning from Museums : Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning

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  • ISBN13:

    9780742502956

  • ISBN10:

    0742502953

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-05-01
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

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Summary

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

Author Biography

John H. Falk is currently director of the Institute for Learning Innovation, a nonprofit research and development organization in Annapolis, Maryland Lynn D. Dierking is associate director of the Institute for Learning Innovation, Annapolis, Maryland

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Learning from Museums: An Introduction
1(14)
The Personal Context
15(22)
The Sociocultural Context
37(16)
The Physical Context
53(16)
Museums and the Individual
69(22)
Communities of Learners
91(22)
A Place for Learning
113(22)
The Contextual Model of Learning
135(14)
Documenting Learning from Museums
149(28)
Making Museums Better Learning Experiences
177(28)
Museums in the Larger Society
205(14)
The Future of Museums
219(18)
References 237(28)
Index 265(6)
About the Authors 271

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