ERIC Number: ED190469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of High School Social Studies Teachers' Attitudes Toward Museum Education Programs.
Alexander, Mary Sheron
This research surveyed high school teachers' attitudes towards museums as educational institutions and toward museum educators as fellow professionals. The survey attempts to find out why, of all age levels, the high school age is least represented in the general public which comes to the museum. Previous research on this topic has focused on the effectiveness of elementary school children's tours of museums. Social studies literature has ignored the subject. A questionnaire was mailed to all high school social studies teachers in Hampden and Worcester counties in southern Massachusetts. Eighty one of 250 teachers completed and returned the questionnaires. Findings show that secondary teachers do not indicate a strong desire to work with museum staff, nor do they view museum educators as professionals who share common interests and concerns. The survey also showed that high school teachers have a limited understanding of the pedagogical value of museum visits. While teachers do think that museums offer valuable learning experiences not available in school classrooms, they seem uncertain about the value of hands on experiences in museums and the museum's role in developing students' analytical skills. There is a need for museum personnel to offer more concrete evidence that museum visits provide significant learning experiences for high school students. There is also a need for a research study on how museum educators view high school teachers. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Note: Master's Thesis, Yale University.