Research Informing the Practice of Museum Educators

Diverse Audiences, Challenging Topics, and Reflective Praxis

  • David Anderson
  • Alex de Cosson
  • Lisa McIntosh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Anderson
    Pages 1-4
  3. Stephanie L. Chong
    Pages 5-21
  4. Pilar Wong
    Pages 23-42
  5. Marina Mehai
    Pages 57-75
  6. Lisa Mcintosh
    Pages 77-80
  7. Lorenda Calvert
    Pages 81-95
  8. Alex de Cosson
    Pages 161-163
  9. Kendra Fehr
    Pages 165-181
  10. Kate Petrusa
    Pages 201-213
  11. Talya Fuchs
    Pages 215-230
  12. Nathalie Sienkiewicz
    Pages 231-245
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 247-256

About this book


Museums are institutions of both education and learning in service of society, that is, they are sites where educational experiences are designed and facilitated, and also places where visitors learn in broad and diverse ways. As such, the role of public education in museums today is highly important, if not at the centre of museum activity. As museums contemplate the growing significance of their educational roles and mandate within a changing society, so too they are increasingly in need of information about the audiences they serve and their own professional practice as they strive to achieve their educational missions in service to the communities in which they are embedded. Accordingly, this edited book focuses on informing, broadening and enhancing the pedagogy of museum education and the practices of museum educators. The chapters in this book report independent research studies conducted by the authors who have explored and investigated a variety of issues affecting museum education practice, contextualized across a range of institutions, including art galleries, natural and social history museums, anthropology museums, science centres, and gardens. These studies address a cross-section of contemporary issues confronting the field of museum education including studies of diverse audiences and their needs, the mediation of challenging topics, professional training, teaching and learning in informal settings, and reflective practice and praxis. Together these themes represent a set of topical issues germane to informing, broadening and enhancing educational practices in diverse museum settings, and will be of considerable interest to a broad spectrum of the museum and non-formal education fields.


Museum Education Visitor Studies Audience Research Museum Studies Informal Learning

Editors and affiliations

  • David Anderson
    • 1
  • Alex de Cosson
    • 2
  • Lisa McIntosh
    • 3
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaCanada
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaCanada
  3. 3.University of British ColumbiaCanada

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