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ERIC Number: ED413517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 21
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The Sixth Floor: Museum Experiences as Learning Environments.
Courtney, Sean
The Sixth Floor museum in Dallas, Texas, is dedicated to the memory of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The museum's success as a learning/instructional environment may be explained through a theory of learning and instructional design based on three components: authentic presence, collective design, and sacred connection. "Authentic presence" refers to the museum's authenticity as a context for learning because it includes the actual site where the assassin allegedly stationed himself. "Collective design" refers to the fact that the museum's contents have been organized in a deliberate manner to ensure that patrons' visits are meaningful despite the absence of teachers/instructors to ensure correct and interesting presentation of facts. "Sacred connection" refers to the fact that, because the museum is an authentic context for the event it memorializes, it becomes more than the site of a profound learning experience. The implications of these observations for the design of learning environments are as follows: (1) "being there" is both a geographical and temporal reality with real existential dimensions; (2) planning is most crucial in cases where the learning environment is least easily controlled; and (3) true knowing involves a fusion of experience and learning. (Contains 43 references) (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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