The Educational Role of the Museum

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The Educational Role of the Museum is a compilation of recent and important articles that address the relationships of museums and galleries to their audiences. Part One covers broad themes relevant to providing for all museum visitors. Introducing theories of communication and the mass media in the context of the museum environment, the contributors examine patterns of visitation and ways of enabling visitors to feel welcome. They also discuss exhibition theory and give examples and case studies of good practice in the use of objects, language, interactive exhibits and evaluation. Part Two looks in detail at education provision in museums today. It includes a wide range of articles and extracts covering the learning styles and characteristics of children and adults and methods of evaluating educational programs. The editor emphasizes the need for museums to develop their educational role in the light of the increasing emphasis on value for money.