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ERIC Number: ED482240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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True Needs, True Partners: Museums Serving Schools. 2002 Survey Highlights.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.
This report documents the support museums of all types from art, history and children's museums to science centers and zoos provide to the nation's education of K-12 school children for 2000/2001. It is the second systematic survey of the range and scale of educational activities that museums provide in partnership with the nation's K-12 schools. The original survey looked at educational activities museums provided schools for 1995. Where possible, comparisons are reported between the two studies to show trends. Findings of this survey, which included 376 valid responses, revealed that: museums of all types and all sizes offer educational programs; cumulatively, museums spent over a billion dollars on K-12 educational programs in 2000-01, and provided millions of instructional hours; museums offer a wide range of learning activities that include not only visits, but pre- and post-visit services to students and teachers; resource kits and traveling exhibits, Web-based experiences and curricula, and in-service teacher training; museums serve students in all grades and in all regions of the nation, from inner cities to rural and suburban communities; museum teaching methods, curriculum fit, and resource materials are likely to be important influencers in a school's decision to partner with a museum, as are cost and convenience; partnerships use support and expertise from both institutions; museums provide many education programs specifically designed to support school curriculum standards and learning objectives; and most museums report that the number of students, teachers, and schools they serve has continued to increase since about 1991. (AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.