ERIC Number: ED196771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
New Perspectives on Evaluating Museum Environments: An Annotated Bibliography.
Wolf, Robert L.; And Others
This annotated bibliography has been compiled to aid museum staff members as they develop and implement naturalistic evaluations of museum programs and practices. Naturalistic evaluation is a recent assessment perspective which is concerned more with interpretation than judgment. It is characterized by concern with spontaneous activities rather than pre-stated and/or overly formal objectives, ability to respond to staff and audience requirements for different kinds of information, recognition that different values and perspectives are equally valid, stress on wide-ranging implications, participation by a wide range of people who are to be served by the study, and orientation toward a search for meaning of an entire experience such as a museum visit. Bibliographic entries are arranged in four sections--Background and Rationale, Collection Strategies, Analysis Strategies, and Sample Studies and Reports. Each section begins with a brief explanation of the books and articles included and their relevance to museum evaluation. For each entry, information is presented on title, author, publisher or journal, and an annotation of the book or article contents. Each annotation explains specific relevance to the museum context, identifies sections of particular interest, and comments on how evaluators can best approach reading the material. (DB)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Office of Museum Programs.
Note: For related documents, see SO 013 051.