ERIC Number: ED435014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Museums, Libraries and Cultural Heritage: Democratising Culture, Creating Knowledge and Building Bridges. Adult Learning, Media and Culture. A Series of 29 Booklets Documenting Workshops Held at the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education (Hamburg, Germany, July 14-18, 1997).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
This booklet examines the role of museums and libraries in providing adult education, both as informal individual learning as well as structured learning activities for groups of learners. The booklet presents an overview of how museums and libraries offer different types of educational opportunities for adults. Most museums have pedagogical programs, including gallery talks, lectures, guided tours, and publications for distribution. In addition, visitors can engage in individual informal learning by touring the museum alone. Museums and libraries also offer structured courses and partner with schools to provide longer-term educational opportunities for adults as well for traditional-age students. The booklet concludes that museums and libraries are special sites of learning that offer open-ended learning situations that can provide a range of meaningful experiences for adults. The following recommendations are made to enhance and bring to the fore the contributions of museums and libraries to adult education: (1) such institutions need to be strengthened and appropriately funded in order to develop as adult learning resources; and (2) the conservation and use of cultural heritage as a lifelong learning resource needs to be promoted and methods and techniques for strengthening heritage and cultural learning need to be developed. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Opportunities, Cultural Relevance, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Library Extension, Library Role, Library Services, Museums, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Public Policy, User Needs (Information)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
Note: For other booklets in this series, see CE 079 178-206.