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 […]
In this article from the Association of Children’s Museum’s newsletter, Kevin Crowley and Karen Knutson describe how the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh redesigned their signage into four levels to enhance family visits and help scaffold caregivers
This report, published by the Denver Art Museum, details the Museum’s process of creating new experiences for children and their caregivers by increasing the Museum’s relevance and providing opportunities for family participation.
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 […]
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 […]
The Adult Child Interaction Inventory (ACII) was the product of a three-year NSF-funded research project that aimed to better understand the non-verbal and verbal interactions between adults and preschool children in museums during STEM programs.
This UK publication is a resource for museum staff members who seek to develop family programming. Beginning with a definition of family learning, and some of the benefits of family engagement, author Clare Meade goes on to provide tools including graphs and charts for developing programs in museums. Meade gives examples of museums in the […]
Resources and activities for museum and library professionals to help promote literacy, brain-building, kindergarten readiness, and STEM at their sites.
In this blog post, Marianna Adams posed several questions to her readers about family programs that she intended to explore during her residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. She wanted to understand why programs in museums that are called “family programs” only engage the children and not the caregivers.
This article is the product of research done by the FEAST (Facilitating Engagement of Adults in Science and Technology) consortium of European science museums and science centers. The report, designed to assist museum educators in supporting parents and caregivers in educating children in informal science institutions, explains how museums can help caregivers become more involved […]
Through her research, Marianna Adams discovered that although museum professionals want to create authentic and fun opportunities for intergenerational visitors to learn and participate together, there are many challenges to making this happen. Some challenges include a lack of resources and caregivers who don’t always want to actively participate. She provides examples of museums that […]
This two-part report details the Denver Art Museum’s commitment to making the Museum a creative and fun destination for families. With a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Museum developed several programs geared toward families with children age six to twelve. The report explains the Museum’s perspective on a family-friendly art museum which emphasizes […]
This study, conducted at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, explores parents’ perceptions of play and their role in children’s museums.
“Museums can serve as rich resources for families to learn about the social world through engagement with exhibits and parent-child conversation about exhibits. This study examined ways of engaging parents and child about two related exhibits at a cultural and history museum.
“Abstract: Research demonstrates that children have vast potential to expand their knowledge base with simple supports from adults and older children.
Beverly Sheppard, Executive Director of the Institute of Learning Innovation, brings a wide range of experience with family learning in museums and explores how we measure value, engagement, and impact.
In this presentation, Gail Ringel offers advice for including family learning exhibit techniques in your museum while maintaining your institutional identity.
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 […]