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Learning in the Museum (Museum Meanings) Hardcover – April 21, 1998

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ISBN-13: 978-0415097758 ISBN-10: 0415097754 Edition: 0th

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...this work is an extremely valuable resource. The book is thought-provoking....
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.
Museum News

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.
ALHFAM Bulletin

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

About the Author

George E. Hein is a Professor at Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is co-author of Active Assessment of Active Science (1991) and a leading authority on museum education.
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Product Details

  • Series: Museum Meanings
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415097754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415097758
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,123,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book provides an excellent summary of current museum learning theory. Concise and engaging, it includes a compendium of virtually all of the relevant research and concepts in the hot topic of audience-centered and informal museum learning. This is pursuasively knit together to suggest a powerful approach - the constructivist museum. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding how visitors actually make meaning from their museum experiences.
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