The Public Historian
I recommend Learning in the Museum to anyone directly or indirectly involved in the design of museum exhibitions or programs. Challenging, provocative, and charged throughout with the author's intelligence and enthusiasm, it is both practical and intellectually satisfying.
This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on museum education...Its review of the research literature on visitor studies and consideration of research models and methods make it a very useful guide for professionals engaged in those activities. As well, it offers sound educational principles to develop exhibits that are respectful of visitors' abilities to learn.
Learning in the Museum, by uniting the heretofore separate schools of visitor studies and educational theory, is a valuable and well researched tool for administration and front line staff.
It should be required reading for any person in the field of museology, though it provides more than the layperson might want to know about the theories of education, however interesting.
Choice, Feb. 1999