The Harvard Family Research Project, now the Global Family Research ProjectTM, provides important research and strategies for engaging families to promote success in education for children. The organization was founded in 1983 and focuses on community engagement policies and practices, and offers tools and frameworks for community members and institutions who aim to improve the quality, […]
In order to plan activities that facilitate family learning, one must first understand more about the family audience. These articles give insight into the makeup and characteristics of family audiences as well as provide examples and case studies.
There is no single definition of family in the 21st century. That said, research shows most families want similar things from their experience.
This Incluseum blog post by exhibit designer Margaret Middleton discusses how to ensure your museum is inclusive, especially in it language and vocabulary, of the diverse 21st-century family. Includes a useful chart of Family-Inclusive Language.
The Brain Building in Progress website includes numerous resources for educators and parents to help their children, birth to 5 years old, learn and progress. The “site provides exciting, engaging media-rich learning opportunities for educators, parents, and caregivers of children. From detailed lesson plans to simple, everyday activities, you will find everything you need to […]
The Children’s Play and Learning Resources page of The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) website includes numerous links (listed below) detailing the latest research on play, play based learning, why play is an important part of children’s learning and development, the role of play in the classroom, and ideas to share […]
This booklet lays out the lessons that the Crocker Art Museum learned through their “All About Families” initiative. The staff at the Crocker traveled to several art museums around the country to explore how those museums successfully engage families. The Crocker staff found that fostering creativity is a key component of engagement and learning, and […]
This article describes “a range of front-end research studies intended to develop more specific knowledge concerning parent beliefs about how and what their children might learn from a museum visit, and how parents might be involved in that learning…the team then developed and user-tested prototype signage for the new exhibit spaces.” Swatz, Mallary I. and […]
Led by Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, of Harvard University, the Center on the Developing Child’s mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. The website provides videos and documents that explain how children’s brain develops
The Pew Research Center compiles and makes available demographic data on the American public, including education, family structure, and information on other social trends that may be of interest to museums and libraries as they learn more about their own communities.
Family learning theory assumes that learning occurs during people’s interactions, particularly in their conversations. This assumption has guided the design of museum exhibitions intended to engage families. Suzanne Gaskins complicates this picture
Cathy Donnelly recounts a multi-year initiative from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to study what families do in museums and how they interact with each other and with exhibits during their visit. They came up with three ways to create family-friendly experiences: selecting objects, designing interactives, and writing labels. Fun for the Whole Family: New […]
Susie Wilkening, Senior Consultant at Reach Advisors, helps participants better understand their family audiences and what they seek in a museum experience. Reach Advisors is a leader in the field of museum market research. Engaging Parents: Challenges and Opportunities was recorded at Engage Families! Build Audience, Repeat Visitation & Enhance the Bottom Line – a workshop for […]
The USS Constitution Museum invites you to explore family learning and assess where your institution is along the 10 Steps!
The USS Constitution Museum team describes today’s Generation X families and the challenges they present to history museums.