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ERIC Number: ED373757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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A Major Children's Educational Art Exhibit: An Evaluative Case Study.
Schlenk, George W.; Shrock, Sharon A.
Results of a case study of an exhibit of art and artifacts designed for children are presented. The focus of the study was to apply the principles of instructional-message design to the evaluation of the exhibit. The exhibit, "Art Inside Out: Exploring Art and Culture through Time," was displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago. Textual elements, identification games, videos, art-related computer games, and contextual environments were studied through: observation of visitors; interviews with the curator, staff, and visitors; and analysis of the text and components that make up the exhibit. It is suggested that museum professionals have ignored fundamental human information-processing principles having to do with perception, framing, prerequisite knowledge, short-term memory, drawing inferences, and making meaning. Recommendations are made for improving the overall educational quality of exhibits. They are as follows: new exhibits should have broad general goals, with specific behavioral objectives; evaluation should be an integral part of the development process; and artifacts and works of art in the exhibit should be chosen for their ability to convey the objectives of the exhibit. (Contains 2 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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