Student Learning in Museums: What Do We Know?

19 Nov

Museum Questions

The Museum Questions exploration of school visits to museums has been sorely lacking the context of a literature review, as noted by Christine Castle of Museum Education Monitor. Happily, Dr. Lynda Kelly told me about a report she wrote in 2011, which is excerpted below. The report was commissioned by The Sovereign Hill Museums Association in Australia. Lynda is Head of Learning the Australian National Maritime Museum, and prior to this worked in digital and audience research at the Australian Museum, Sydney. She has written and consulted widely in this field in Australia and for museums internationally.

 The full report, with a full bibliography included, can be found here. Thanks to Lynda for allowing me to share this much-shortened version.

Lynda Kelly

STUDENT LEARNING IN MUSEUMS

It has long been recognised that museums are educational institutions and that their school audiences are critical in both sustaining visitation and, through…

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