ERIC Number: ED422241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
How the Future of History Connects with Museums. Occasional Paper.
Crew, Spencer R.
This occasional paper discusses and examines the role of museums as an essential part of history education. The report describes how the nature of museum exhibitions have changed in presenting history to the public. Museums offer a wider variety of presentations and interpretations than the linear, chronological history of years past. New research discoveries have increased public knowledge and led to critical questions about the nature of history and interpretation. The paper cites the need for museums to be clearer about what they are doing and about what visitors should expect when they come to the museum or visit an exhibition. The paper advocates a working relationship between historians and museum personnel in order to clarify the work of the exhibit and explain the wonders and vagaries of historical research. (EH)
Descriptors: Educational Methods, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Historians, Historiography, History Instruction, Museums, Social Studies, United States History, World History
National Council for History Education, Inc., 26915 Westwood Road, Suite B-2, Westlake, OH, 44145-4656; telephone: 216-835-1776.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.