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A New Role for Museum Educators
Purpose, Approach, and Mindset

Edited By

Elizabeth Wood

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ISBN 9781032367149
May 22, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A New Role for Museum Educators shows how that learning happens in communities, how volunteers and professionals approach their work, the underlying principles and philosophies that guide the work of museum education, and how these are always evolving to remain relevant.

Museum education in its most expansive definition is about communicating messages, creating learning experiences and, at its most aspirational, promoting human development for people of all backgrounds, abilities, and circumstances. This edited volume revisits the legacy of museum education practices, reflecting on the changing context of community and the role of cultural institutions, and provides insights into new directions that museums can take with a visitor-centered mindset. It provides foundational concepts around educational philosophies that guide practice, applied methods and approaches for implementation, and the ethos of an educational institution intended to support community learning and engagement that are essential to provide for the wide-ranging needs of all audiences. International perspectives from a variety of museums are considered, including art museums, children’s museums, history museums and historic sites, science museums, botanical gardens, zoos and aquariums. Chapters included thought-provoking reflections on contemporary practices, concrete examples from across the globe, and useful tools for anyone working with public audiences.

Grounded in practice and informed by research, this volume will be a go-to resource for arts and cultural organization practitioners, particularly those working in Museum Education. It will also be essential reading for students of Museum Studies, Education, and related fields

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Elizabeth Wood

    Part One: Museum Educators and Education and their Purpose Past, Present, and Future

  3. Relevance, Inclusion, and Interaction in Museums from Peale’s Perspective: Not Yet Enough
  4. Inez S. Wolins

  5. Education and Discipline: Deviant Objects and Dissenting Bodies at the Horniman Museum
  6. Nathalie Cooper

  7. Tilden, Now and Then 
  8. Allison Horrocks

  9. Why Not a Temple AND a Forum?

Sarah Junk Hatcher

6. Teaching in the Art Museum: A Classic Reframed

Nathaniel Prottas

7. Learningscapes and the Visitor Experience

Donnelley Hayde, Joe E. Heimlich and Laura Weiss

8. Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in Museum Education

Kalia Vue

Part Two: Essential Methods and Approaches

9. Designing Experiences for Audience Diversity: A guide for audience-centered program design

Salvador Acevedo

10. Meeting the Needs of All Museum Visitors through Family-Friendly Design

Joanna Fisher

11. Tools for Interactive Inspiration: Beyond Buttons and Flip Labels

Cathy Hamaker and Melissa Pederson

12. Experiencing Objects in the Museum

Elizabeth Wood and Kiersten F. Latham

13. Selecting, Implementing, and Adapting Educational Methodologies to Support Interpretation

Stephanie Eddleman, Elyse Handel, Susan Michal, Ashlee Beattie, Sandra O’Quinn and Jessica Shaw

14. Scaling the Ivory Tower—Creating and Managing Collaboration with the University

James Kisiel

15. Museum Educators as Curricular Innovators: Women & the American Story, a Case Study

Leslie Hayes and Mia Nagawiecki

16. Amateur, Audience, Agent: Participatory Culture and Docent Roles 

Jean A. Graves

17. At the Crossroads of Tradition and Transformation: Docents in the Art Museum

Jennifer Schero

Part Three: The Museum Educator Mindset in the Community and in the Field

18. Art on the Mind: Creative Aging at the Frye Art Museum

Michelle Cheng and Mary Jane Knecht

19. Museums as Sites for Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teacher Preparation

Jamie Wallace, Natasha Cooke-Nieves, Preeti Gupta, Naina Abowd and Elaine Howes

20. How do we want to live? Collaborative curation of a special exhibition on sustainable futures at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Christina Hoefling, Eva Rossmanith, Lena Theiler and Simone Kimpeler

21. Claiming Space, Cultivating Community: Latinx and Asian American Ethnically Specific Museums in a Global City 

Lucena Valle

22. Finding One’s Way as a Novice Art Museum Educator

Ashley Mask

23. Reclaiming our Peace: Preparing for a Career as BIPOC Museum Educators

Amber N. Mitchell

24. Learning Frameworks and the Museum Educator’s Role: Strategies for Long-term Relevance

Claire Thoma Emmons, Susan Foutz, Melissa Pederson and Carey Meier 

25. Gathering Together with Purpose: A New Framework for Museum Education 

Briley Rasmussen and Carissa DiCindio

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Elizabeth (Elee) Wood, editor, is the Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education and Public Programs at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Wood’s expertise focuses on object-based learning and connecting museum visitors to museum collections.