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 by illuminating how families from various cultural backgrounds bring to the museum different assumptions about the educational potential of play and of adults’ role in it and outlines ways that museums can respond to these diverse expectations.
Gaskins, Suzanne. “Designing Exhibitions to Support Families’ Cultural Understandings.” Exhibitionist Spring (2008): 11-19.