This is a comprehensive and holistic guide to resourcing and running a museum education service. The author suggests how to set up a service and takes the reader through bureaucratic and logistical problems that may be encountered. The second section sets out the likely needs of various groups.
The organisation 'GEM' that champions excellence in heritage and museum learning to improve the education, health and well-being of the general public described this book as 'a very informative and practical book ... worth having on any museum shelf'. The Museum Educator's Handbook is a thorough and practical guide to setting up and running education services in all types of museum, even the smallest, in any geographical setting.
This third edition has been comprehensively updated to reflect the increased emphasis on the role of museums at all levels of education, from schools to further and higher education. There are new sections which deal with the importance of risk management and quality assurance, as well as guidance on the prevalent use of policy documents and new marketing methods.
Table of Contents
Introduction; The Educational Role of Museums; Why Provide Education Services?; The Museum Educator; Setting Up - Background Research; Risk Management; Producing Policy and Other Constitutional Documents; User Groups; Marketing Networks and the User Relationship; Educational Provision - the Basics; Information and Indirect Services; Direct Services; Outreach; Loan Services; The School Curriculum; Logistics; Resourcing and Funding; Afterword; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.