Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Get Reading! February's Book Club

As is tradition in HME, we're holding a book club for February's evening meeting.

Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience 
 Rika Burnham and Elliott Kai-Kee

More details about the book here.

It's available from and

We suggest reading the introduction, as well as Chapters 5 and 6.
(It appears that you can get the intro for free on Google Books.)

Despite the title, this book does contain information and suggestions that apply broadly to museum education, rather than being exclusively for art museums.

We're looking forward to a lively discussion!

Here are a few questions to get you started:

-In Chapter 5, "conversation, discussion, and dialogue" are outlined as different approaches to teaching and talking in a museum. Which do you find yourself doing most often? Which do you prefer as a museum-goer?

-Chapter 6 is thought-provoking; it questions the use of questions in museum education. "By not asking questions, it allows learners to ask their own questions". An example of this technique is provided in the chapter. Do you think you can apply this approach in your museum?

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