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ERIC Number: EJ804109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Are Museum Educators Still Necessary?
Munley, Mary Ellen; Roberts, Randy
Journal of Museum Education, v31 n1 p29-40 Spr 2006
Over the last two decades, the role of education in museums has shifted from being the purview of a specific set of individuals charged with creating programs and activities for school children and other visitors to being the central purpose of our institutions. This new paradigm distributes education responsibilities across the museum. Given this situation, many thoughtful museum educators are grappling with issues of role definition and identity. The work of the museum educator has expanded beyond crafting programs suitable to particular audiences to that of providing linkages between a museum's resources and a community's needs. Today there is a leadership challenge for museum educators comparable in importance to the revolution about audiences and access begun in the 1970s. The challenge is for museum educators not to retreat to the comfort zone of technical acuity, but to step forward with new strategies, new alliances, and new ways to forge civic engagement and demonstrate public value. (Contains 5 contains and 8 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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