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ERIC Number: EJ888368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Museums, the Public, and Public Value
Scott, Carol
Journal of Museum Education, v35 n1 p33-42 Spr 2010
Though adopting a Public Value orientation to guide museum planning and positioning has advantages, its implementation, particularly with regard to the role of the public, is complex. Here, the terrain of Public Value is emergent, fluid and contested. This paper examines various views of the role of the public in Public Value including that of recipient, respondent and participative producer. It maps these roles onto current museum practice in relation to public participation and finds that, although museums have embraced an increasing array of participative practice, a role for the public as "authorizers" of Public Value requires a conceptual shift to allow for greater democracy in decision-making. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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