In this article, Minda Borun covers the basics of family learning in museums and places family learning within the wider context of informal learning. She also provides a summary of existing research regarding exhibit design, and provides examples of museums that have designed exhibits for multi-generational families. Many of the most successful exhibits increase family learning by utilizing the criteria set by the Philadelphia/Camden Informal Science Education Collaborative, or PISEC, which stated that exhibits should be: multi-sided, multi-user, accessible, multi-outcome, multi-modal, readable, and relevant. She emphasizes the importance of exhibits to family interaction, and calls for exhibit designers to provide opportunities for multiple experiences and collaboration among family members.
Borun, Minda. “Why Family Learning in Museums?” Exhibitionist 27.1 (2008): 6-9.