ERIC Number: ED385255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Current Practice & Potential: Research & Adult Education in Museums.
Storr, Annie V. F.
Museum programs for adults are characterized by personal enrichment, rather than acquisition of practical or specific useful skills, as the common goal of most learners and program developers. This paper provides an overview of the kinds of adult programming offered in museums today. The institutional context of adult educational programs in museums is examined, including institutional diversity across a range of museums in terms of type of museum, administration, approach to public service, and existence of members' groups. The discussion focuses on the development of educational programming, how educational programs for adults are initiated in museums, and the process of locating and using professional resource materials. Barriers to program development and expansion, and examples of alternative adult programs in museums which demonstrate collaboration between institutions are described. The state of current research in the field of museum education is examined, and research recommendations are made. Twenty readings are suggested, and information is provided on professional resource centers and organizations. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: One of eight commissioned papers presented at the conference "Public Libraries and Community-Based Education: Making the Connection for Life Long Learning." For the collected commissioned papers, see IR 017 333. For each commissioned paper separately analyzed, see IR 017 334-341.