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ERIC Number: ED495801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Charting the Landscape, Mapping New Paths: Museums, Libraries, and K-12 Learning (August 30-31, 2004)
Institute of Museum and Library Services
This publication reports on how museums and libraries bolster K-12 education and lifelong learning in communities across the Nation. It is based on a workshop the Institute of Museum and Library Services hosted August 30-31, 2004 at which more than seventy educators, researchers, policymakers, and museum and library professionals examined K-12 collaborations among their organizations. The purpose of this report is to capture key issues that emerged at the workshop and to provide some common language around a vision for how museum/school/library partnerships can contribute to a learning society. Workshop participants represented the leading edge of this evolving dynamic, and examples of their seminal projects and partnerships accompany this report. The main body of this report synthesizes the substances of the conversations, discussions, and visions that emerged from the two-day workshop. Participants agreed that in the 21st century, a competitive and successful society will require people who never stop learning. Three key challenges to developing a "learning society"with museum, library, and school partnerships as a central element of that society emerged from the workshop: (1) successfully redefining education as a lifetime endeavor; (2) understanding the changing nature of professional roles; and (3) moving beyond anecdotal evidence to show what works. Participants also identified steps that practitioners, policymakers, and museum and library professionals and educators should take to support such a society. The report highlights projects and partnerships and can be used as a tool to lay a foundation for understanding the power of museum, library, school, and community collaborations in cultivating lifelong learning societies. It includes an appendix of selected resources, most of which are available online and a useful glossary of terms used throughout the workshop.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A