Postmodernism and Art Museum Education

The Case for a New Paradigm
  • Juliet Moore Tapia
  • Susan Hazelroth Barrett
Part of the Landscapes: The Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 2)


The governing concept of this chapter is the contention that shifting trends in contemporary, postmodern society are leading to concurrent changes in the theory and practice of current art museum education. This chapter begins with a description of general theories of postmodernism and postmodernist pedagogy and an analysis of how museum education can employ these characteristics of postmodern education. The argument that facets of postmodernism are manifesting themselves in contemporary museum education is reinforced by a case study that describes the educational mission and selected programmes of one particular museum between the years 1991-1994. This case study is placed in the context of postmodern education and is used to generate a definition of postmodern art museum education.


Mission Statement Personal Narrative Museum Visitor Museum Education Expert Interpretation 
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  • Susan Hazelroth Barrett

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