ERIC Number: ED134508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Museums and the Student. Occasional Papers, Number 2.
The role of the museum as a source of information is discussed in response to the question about how museums can best augment school curricula. The relationship between schools and museums is investigated with respect to learning. Children must learn to learn--see, observe, conclude, and think--rather than memorize facts. Museums can teach this by offering an opportunity to look at the world from many realistic perspectives. An illustration of a good teaching-learning relationship is the use of a museum specimen to introduce facts in an interdisciplinary manner. A special advantage that a museum has, unlike schools, is its personal contact between students and the world. The Corpus Christi Museum is contemplating a comprehensive visiting program, called a "window program." Students would be offered a multitude of activities geared to individual student interests, such as working with specimens and making handicrafts. The major problem with this type of program is obtaining teacher interest in bringing students to the museum. For a special project, the museum arranged for a college student to fulfill his degree requirements by working at the museum. Based on that experience, a curriculum of 32 subjects and assignments was developed for future teacher training at the museum. The student's experiences are summarized in a short final report. (ND)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Facilities, Educational Innovation, Educational Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Motivation, Museums, Nontraditional Education, Relevance (Education), Resource Centers, Student Interests, Teacher Motivation
Friends of the Corpus Christi Museum, 1919 North Water Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78404 ($2.50 paper cover)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Moody Foundation, Galveston, TX.
Authoring Institution: Friends of the Corpus Christi Museum, TX.