ERIC Number: ED434848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
True Needs True Partners: 1998 Survey Highlights. Museums Serving Schools.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.
In 1994 the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant-making agency joined forces with the Arnot Art Museum and Elmira College, both located in Elmira, New York, to coordinate a survey of museums in the United States for the purpose of collecting specific information about the full range of educational activities that museums offer to the nation's schools. This document is a a highlight of the survey results. A random sample of 600 was drawn from the IMLS institutional database of 11,700. The results, collected over a 3-year period, created a baseline profile of the status of museum education and presented a strong picture of the educational programming museums provide schools. U.S. museums (of all types) are providing more K-12 educational programs than ever before. Museums spend $193 million annually on K-12 programs; 70 percent of museums have at least one full-time paid staff who offers such programming. Collectively, U.S. museums provide nearly 4 million hours of educational programming. Museums report substantial use of school curriculum standards in shaping educational programs for a variety of school subjects. Museums offer a wide range of learning activities, such as teacher triaging, staff, docent guided tours, and museum staff visits to school classrooms. Museums also provide resource kits, learning trunks, and traveling exhibits to schools. The commitment of museums to education programs for schools is growing. At least 70 percent of the institutions report an increase in the number of students, teachers, and schools served in the last five years. (BT)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Community Resources, Cultural Centers, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Museums, National Surveys, Social Science Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.