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Who’s Learning in American Museums?

Who’s learning in American museums? What are they learning?

You may be interested to know that MUSEUM EDUCATION MONITOR (MEM), the monthly e-newsletter that I edit, is compiling a list of ongoing research or evaluation projects related to museum learning for our upcoming December 2007 issue.

If you wish to share your research or evaluation with others around the world, please send an e-mail to [email protected] that includes:

Deadline for the December issue is Friday, December 14. Later submissions will be included in the next month’s issue.

Listings are in the language of their origin and are, of course, free of charge.

As part of our ongoing service to the museum education community, research and resource listings back to 2004 are archived and available through the online MEM Archives. Recent research listings are also displayed and labelled on the blog FORUM: Research and Resources in Museum Education accessible at www.mccastle.com

FYI, the following research projects were listed in MEM, November 2007:

– Master Teacher Pilot Project: University of Wyoming Art Museum (USA)
– Science Theatre, The Nature of Learning: an evaluation of visitor learning from Science Theatre shows at Techniquest, Cardiff (UK)
– Women’s Construction of Knowledge and Perceptions of Mammography (UK)
– Summative Evaluation for Visitor Use of the Realm of the Red Ape Exhibit at Chester Zoo (UK)
– Summative Evaluation of the Elephants of the Asian Forest Exhibit (UK)
– Cued Questionnaire analysis of three years of Open Air Theatre at Chester Zoo (UK)
– Summative evaluation of a changing exhibition space (UK)
– Evaluation of Broken Links: the Stolen Generations in Queensland exhibition (AUS)
– Voice of the Teacher – motivations, barriers and incentives for excursions to museums (AUS)

UPDATES on research listed in earlier issues of MEM:
– The Quality Field Trip Research Project (USA) [Originally listed MEM June 2004]

A complimentary copy of the Museum Education Monitor November 2007 in which these studies are listed is available upon request to [email protected] .

Please get in touch for more information about this call or to discuss your research. I look forward to hearing from you!

Chris

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