In preparation for the Family Learning in Interactive Galleries (FLING) project, the principal researchers gathered all available literature on family learning in museums. This comprehensive review, circa 2010, covers the changing definitions of family, facilitation, audience motivations, social interaction, audience goals and values, parent behaviors, as well as describing the life-cycle of a family’s visit […]
What It Is
What do we mean by family learning and engaging families? What does it look like? How can I tell if I'm doing these things at my site? Experts define and discuss these concepts.
How do we define engagement at our institutions? What questions shape the discussion of engagement? Elizabeth Wood and Barbara Wolf draw on their project at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to begin to address these questions and more.
Published by a group of informal science centers known as PISEC (which includes museums, a zoo and an aquarium), this handbook is intended for museum practitioners and visitor behavior researchers. It details the group’s three-phase investigation into the learning that occurs among families in museums. The handbook includes a literature review, and explains the group’s […]
In this post from the Museum Questions Blog, Rebecca Herz explores the concept of engagement, asking, “What is it, anyway? What would it mean for the-profession-formerly-known-as-museum-education to facilitate visitor engagement?”
This paper summarizes the results of research conducted in museum settings or in other locations using learning resources and materials designed by museums and that focuses on learning by young children. “Abstract: This paper summarizes the results of research conducted in museum settings or in other locations using learning resources and materials designed by museums […]
The USS Constitution Museum Team has used many of these articles and books to provide us with a basic understanding of family learning. Many of the studies and research projects take place in science or children’s museums but our Team feels the basic family learning information is transferable to other types of museums.
Beverly Sheppard describes the learning bond as both the setting and the unique nature of learning that occurs in the midst of our intergenerational family experience. A Family Learning Roundtable Presentation by Beverly Sheppard June 14, 2005 Last week I received a birthday card from one of my sons that I decided was all about […]
Minda Borun describes formal and informal learning in museums and classrooms, as well as her 7 characteristics of family-friendly exhibits. A Family Learning Roundtable Presentation by Minda Borun June 14, 2005 Presentation Outline FORMAL LEARNING IS CLASSROOM BASED Students are uniform in age Teacher leads Formal arrangement Tests Certification process INFORMAL LEARNING IS IN THE […]
Lynn Dierking identifies the characteristics of family learning and the four phases of family visits to museums. What Does Family Learning Look Like? by Lynn Dierking I would like to be able to say after working in the area of family learning for most of my 30-year career that I can tell you how to […]
Lynn Dierking, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University, describes family learning and how it looks in different families and at different times in the family life cycle. Dierking makes a case for importance of cultural institutions in supporting family learning. This page includes an article and video presentation. Laughing and Learning Together: […]