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 report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issues a call to action for everyone to utilize museums and libraries which provide quality and effective early learning opportunities for children. This publication focuses on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading which promotes reading proficiency for low-income students. The report provides examples and success […]
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.
This article was written for classroom teachers by museum educator John Hennigar Shuh. He gives several reasons for why teaching from objects is advantageous. Shuh suggests that the best way for teachers to begin to teach with objects in their classrooms is to start by looking at ordinary, everyday objects
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 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 […]
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.
Jenni Martin describes the creation and development of The Wonder Cabinet, an innovative exhibit for young children at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.