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ERIC Number: EJ979019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Museums and Community: The Benefits of Working Together
Wickens, K. Allison
Journal of Museum Education, v37 n1 p91-100 Spr 2012
This case study of "Listen, Look, & Do," a multi-visit preschool program at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, provides a model for how other history museums can program for young learners in their neighborhoods. In striving to meet local community audience needs identified by annual evaluations, staff created a program that shifted its focus from prioritizing the museum's content to improving the learners' experience. While still rooted in postal themes and objects, the program's key benefits to teachers and students emerge from the skill- and place-based modifications we made. This signature program's structure now informs all offerings developed by the National Postal Museum education department, as it seeks first to be for someone, and second to be about something. (Contains 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia