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ERIC Number: ED026403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec-31
Pages: 54
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A Study of the Relation of Museum Art Exhibitions to Education. Final Report.
Hayes, Bartlett H., Jr.
A study conducted at Harvard University proposed to obtain evidence concerning the use of art museum exhibitions by public school groups and to determine better ways of improving that use. Interviews, with museum staff and school personnel, were conducted at 57 museums in various geographical locations. The evidence identified several attitudes and current practices: (1) Many art museums tolerate school visits as an obligation to be endured. (2) Many teachers are too ill-trained to visit an art museum with confidence. (3) Visits frequently take on the nature of an outing. (4) Only a few educational exhibits in museums are especially designed for school use. (5) The museum's permanent collection is apt to serve better than temporary exhibits. (6) Visits to museums are rare for high school students during school hours. Some of the recommendations were (1) that teams, each composed of a museum staff member and a school official, might promote school-museum interchange in many parts of the country, (2) that further study should be given to the use of television correlated with museum visits, and (3) that the burden of education in the arts should be borne by the school system. (Excerpts from interviews conducted with museum personnel comprise the major portion of this report.) (Author/SW)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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