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ERIC Number: ED423164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 10
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Instruction and Delight: Some Observations for Museums.
King, Margaret J.
This paper assesses the work of artist-creator Walt Disney as a model for museum educators to draw the public into its work. Disney Land and Disney World are viewed as monuments of U.S. life and imagination, a living museum that attracts 40 million U.S. visitors per year. The paper describes what should be a partnership among the image-making, story-telling, and space-making of the entertainment theme park, and the curatorship, analysis, and scholarship of museums. These components could come together for the "instruction and delight" equation of learning. The paper cites strengths and weaknesses of various exhibits and museums to make the point that museums are often mired in the printed word. The researcher challenges museums to take pointers from the "imagineering" of Disney and others who saw the "entertainment" definition of focusing attention combined with the "education" definition of leading out and not staying with what people already know. Examples are given as to how this could be done to make the history of the shared culture the popular, vibrant, and expanding tapestry of the U.S. adventure. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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