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Transforming Practice Selections from the Journal of Museum Education, 1992-1999

Edited By Joanne S Hirsch, Lois H Silverman Copyright 2000
    346 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Transforming Practice, a comprehensive collection of articles from Museum Education Roundtable's Journal of Museum Education, presents a rich and exemplary selection of writing in one accessible resource. Each of the book's four sections includes an introductory essay; "sparks" excerpted from each article that alone might ignite debate; "reflections" by some of the authors looking back on their work; and discussion questions. Four case studies in the final section highlight the fascinating interplay among change, response, and understanding. Transforming Practice is a professional development tool--a resource for museum training programs, small museums, staffs, practitioner groups, and friends to inspire conversation, critique, debate, and your own writing. As Stephen E. Weil writes in his foreword, this book reveals "the richness of ideas, the dedication to excellence, and the extraordinary depth and variety of talents to be found among this generation of museum educators." Sponsored by the Museum Education Roundtable.This title is sponsored by The Museum Education Roundtable. The Museum Education Roundtable (MER) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to enriching and promoting the field of Museum Education. Through publications, programs, and communication networks, MER fosters professionalism, encourages leadership, scholarship, and research in museum-based learning, and advocates the inclusion and application of museum-based learning in the general education arena. For more information on MER and its activities, please contact via email at [email protected], or on the web at www.mer-online.org. Members receive the Journal of Museum Education as a benefit of membership. Write to MER at PO Box 15727, Washington, DC 20003.

    Introduction; Part 1 Perspectives on Change; Illuminating the Paradox of the Museum; Museum Education in Europe: Societies in Transition; Offering Safer Public Spaces; The Pursuit of Memory: Museums and the Denial of the Fulfilling Sensory Experience; Listening Outside and Within; Part 2 Responses in Practice; Addressing External Change with an Eye to Internal Transformation: Strategy and Practice Museum Education and the Genius of Improvisation; After the Elephant Roars: The Next Step in Diversification; Institution-Wide Change in Museums; The Future of Museums: Asking the Right Questions; Educators on Exhibit Teams: A New Role, a New Era; Beyond the Turf Battles: Creating Effective Curator-Educator Partnerships; Is There a Way to Make Controversial Exhibits That Work? Crafting Community-Based Museum Experiences: Process, Pedagogy, and Performance; One Museum Discovers the Web; The Eye of the Beholder; Toward Reconciliation: A Role for Museums in a Divided Society; Long-Term Museum Programs for Youth; How Museums Can Shape Public Education: Chrysalis Charter School; A Laboratory for Museum Learning: New York City Museum School Port Penn Interpretive Center: Trials and Transformations; Finding Public Purpose in a Public Place: The Missouri Historical Society; Part 3 Understanding: Theory, Research, and Evaluation; Paradigms Shifted: Comprehending the Meaning from Without Theory; A Framework for Organizing a Cumulative Research Agenda in Informal Learning Contexts; Situated Motivation and Informal Learning; Constructivism in Museums: How Museums Create Meaningful Learning Environments; Constructing Informed Practice; Exhibitions as Educators; Or, The Mundane and Magnificent Art of Stringing Beads; Making Meaning Together: Lessons from the Field of American History; Why the Public Understanding of Science Field Is Beginning to Listen to the Audience; The Personal Past in Public Space; Research and Evaluation; Professionalism and Research in Museum Education; Questioning the Entrance Narrative; Recalling the Museum Experience; The Quandaries of Audience Research; The Art Museum and the Elementary Art Specialist The Public Dimension Assessment: Reviewing the First 10 Years Part 4 Linkages: Building Knowledge; Transforming Practice through Change, Response, and Understanding; A Discovery Room for Adults; Borders and Encounters; Opening Up the Exploratorium; Strategies for Long-Term Community Partnerships


    Lois H Silverman, Joanne S Hirsch