This report from the Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association is a call-to-action about the importance of engaging families in libraries. Head to this page to download your free copy of the report: Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement Check out more resources here: Public Library Association – Family Engagement M. Elena […]
The Harvard Family Research Project, now the Global Family Research ProjectTM, provides important research and strategies for engaging families to promote success in education for children. The organization was founded in 1983 and focuses on community engagement policies and practices, and offers tools and frameworks for community members and institutions who aim to improve the quality, […]
Think about not only hands-on, but also minds-on (intellectual and emotional) engagement. Active participation is more than simply a “do.” Hands-on elements should be used to get participants thinking and understanding your content.
This practical guide outlines various ways professionals can develop their programs, exhibits, and general museum atmosphere to best engage the public. Using examples mostly from the UK and Canada, Graham Black offers a synthesis of best practices and research to date, as well as case studies and infographics to illustrate his points.
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.
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 […]
Have you ever wondered if children are learning in children’s museums or just being entertained? Researchers from Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia and Harvard University’s Project Zero teamed up to study the question. Their results: “YES, children are really learning”. Nancy Haas, Project Explore Manager at Please Touch Museum, details findings from the multi-phase research project including thoughts […]
“APE was a four-year Exploratorium project funded by the National Science Foundation. Both an exhibit development endeavor and a visitor research study, the primary aim of APE was to explore strategies and tactics to shift the role of visitors from passive recipient of information to active participant in the exhibit experience.”
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 […]
In this post from the Art Museum Teaching blog, Mike Murawski emphasizes the importance of conversation for visitor engagement and cooperative learning in museums.
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.
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.
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 […]
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?”
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.
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 […]
The USS Constitution Museum Team introduces you to Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and the 4MAT System to help you understand how people learn. Museums are free choice learning institutions. Understanding the different ways people prefer to learn can help us broaden our exhibit’s appeal, increase visitor engagement, and spur new methods of exhibit interaction. People […]