1st Edition

Science Museums in Transition
Unheard Voices

ISBN 9781138489974
Published September 4, 2019 by Routledge
106 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

Science Museums in Transition: Unheard Voices considers how museums can adapt their exhibits, programs, and organizational structures to the diversity of ideas, people, and cultures that speak to modern science.

This collection contains individual expressions by museum insiders addressing a range of particular perspectives – Native American, African American, Latinx, Islamic, Israeli, Danish, white North American. These reflections provide guidance to the museum community as to how their institutions can become more thoughtful, more welcoming to diverse audiences, and more cognizant of the ways that different people incorporate science into their daily lives. As a whole, the book emphasizes the need for museums to engage in dialogue with their visitors – not merely to present them with information – and to offer the opportunities to share experiences, exchange perspectives, and thereby advance science learning through a dynamic and collective process.

Science Museums in Transition is intended to further discussion on how museums address the political and social ramifications of science and, as such, should be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students working in the fields of museum studies, science, anthropology, education and history. It should also be essential reading for museum professionals around the globe.

Table of Contents

Contributor Biographies

  1. Inclusion and Relevance in Natural History Museums
  2. by Judy Diamond

  3. Re-Exhibiting Africa at the Penn Museum: An Interview with Penn Museum Curator Tukufu Zuberi
  4. by Monique Scott

  5. Science, Islam and Critical Thinking: Lessons for Museums
  6. by Rana Dajani

  7. Museum Mantras, Teachings from Indian Country: Posterity is Now; Failure is an Option, and Repatriation is a Foundation for Research
  8. by Jen Shannon

  9. Ensuring Our People Have a Place that Feels Like Home
  10. by Elijah Benson, Royce Young Wolf, and Mary Baker "Price" with Jen Shannon

  11. Reflections on Empowering Youth in Science Museums
  12. by Marianne Achiam

  13. Promoting Responsible Citizenship in Science Museums through Student Curated Exhibits
  14. by Sherman Rosenfeld and Ron Blonder

  15. Conflicts Between Traditional Knowledge Systems And Western Science: Do We Need To Revise Our Thinking in Order to Engage Youth from All Heritages?
  16. by Laura Huerta Migus

  17. Navigating Worldviews in Conversation with David Begay and Nancy Maryboy
  18. by Laura Huerta Migus

  19. Youth and the Challenge to Define the Museum of the Future

by Hooley McLaughlin


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 Hooley McLaughlin is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information Studiesat the University of Toronto in Canada.

Judy Diamond is a Professor and Curator at the University of Nebraska State Museum in the USA.