ERIC Number: ED528576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
A Unifying Curriculum for Museum-Schools
Povis, Kaleen E.
Online Submission, M.A. Thesis, University of Washington
There are over two dozen schools in the United States with the word "museum" in their names. However, the philosophy and pedagogy that tie these schools together is unclear. A consistent definition, criteria for classification, and a unifying curriculum to guide museum- schools is lacking. Yet, museum-schools continue to open across the country. Just in 2010, four new museum-schools were added to the educational landscape. These public and charter K-12 schools employ a diversity of methods and curricula which is testament to the ambiguous definition of "museum-school." This thesis project contributes to the field an updated database of our nation's museum-schools which has been informed by reading the work of past researchers, culling school websites, conducting site visits, and corresponding with museum-schools. This database provides a school overview including the educational approaches in use and may help define museum-schools in the future. An additional product, the Core Elements Schema, which was created through the synthesis of research findings, may assist schools in placing themselves within the landscape of museum-schools. This thesis project also provides the seed for a unifying museology curriculum to support the learning in museum-schools. This series of six museological lessons focuses on the older elementary learner. The purpose of the lessons is to bolster the current work being done in museum-schools by providing museological grounding in current best practices. These museology lessons are intended to facilitate a greater understanding of the field with which these schools share a name. Seven appendixes present: (1) Abridged Museum-School Database; (2) The Museum Wheel; (3) Sample Database Questions; (4) Word Cloud of Museum-School Interaction; (5) Arroyo Seco's Guiding Principles; (6) Bloom's Taxonomy; and (7) Museology Lesson Set. A bibliography is included.
Descriptors: Museums, Databases, Curriculum Design, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Definitions, Classification, Institutional Characteristics, Best Practices, Elementary School Students, Lesson Plans, Educational Principles, Models, Educational History, School Surveys, Partnerships in Education, Educational Practices
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A