Things Change

Museums, Learning, and Research
  • Marianna Adams
  • John H. Falk
  • Lynn D. Dierking
Part of the Landscapes: The Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 2)


This chapter will address how changes in our perception of museums and learning are resulting in a paradigm shift in how we approach research of learning in and from museums. Traditional notions of the museum as ultimate authority and arbiter of taste are being challenged as we recognise that visitors make their own meaning in museums. An evolved understanding of the nature of learning suggests thatlearning is a relative and constructive process that is dependent on personal, socio-cultural, and physical contextual factors. To be meaningful, research on learning in and from museums, therefore, must be designed to be responsive to these realities. Personal Meaning Mapping, one such approach that was specifically developed with these criteria in mind, is explained and illustrated through three case studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianna Adams
    • 1
  • John H. Falk
    • 1
  • Lynn D. Dierking
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Learning InnovationAnnapolis

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