Evaluating Early Learning in Museums: Planning for our Youngest Visitors
Evaluating Early Learning in Museums presents developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant practices for engaging early learners and their families in informal arts settings.
Written by early childhood education researchers and a museum practitioner, the book showcases what high-quality educational programs can offer young children and their families through the case study of a program at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Providing strategies for building strong community partnerships and audience relationships, the authors also survey evaluation tools for early learning programs and offer strategies to help museums around the world to engage young children. At the center of this narrative is the seminal partnership that developed between researchers and museum educators during the evaluation of a program for toddlers. Illuminating key components of the partnership and the resulting evolution of family offerings at the museum, the book also draws parallels to current work being done at other museums in international contexts.
Evaluating Early Learning in Museums illustrates how an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers and practitioners can improve museum practices. As such, the book will be of interest to researchers and students engaged in the study of museums and early childhood, as well as to practitioners working in museums around the world.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Early Learning in the Context of the Museum 1.Young Children in Museums Today 2. Families and the High Museum of Art 3. Improving the Museum for Families: Program Evaluation 4. Reshaping Early Learning and Experiences in High Museum 5. Building and Improving Early Learning in Your Museum Conclusion: What’s Next?