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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607910
Title:
Family Agendas and Family Learning in Hands-on Museums
Authors:
Moussouri, Theano
Abstract:
This thesis explores the family museum experience from the point of view of the family members. When families visit museums they bring with them their own agenda. Analysing the components of the family agenda illuminates the frameworks through which families perceive their museum visit. Hands-on museums (or exhibitions within museums) were chosen as case studies because they provide for family visitors and, thus, they are more likely to satisfy a wider range of family agendas. Indeed, different types of agendas - including agendas for adults, children and an agenda for learning - were considered. Based on the analysis of the data collected in three institutions, a family agenda model was developed. Five factors were identified as determining the family museum agenda: the family profile, socio-cultural patterns, the personal and the social context of the visit and the museum exhibition(s). The interaction of these factors creates the agenda for the visit and also influences the way the visit is perceived and reconstructed by family members. All the members of the family are actively involved in constructing the agenda. The museum agenda can also challenge the family agenda. Hence the family agenda is constructed, negotiated and refined before, during and after the visit itself. The methodology used to collect data was qualitative in nature and involved ob­ serving and interviewing all the family members of 86 groups in three hands-on muse­ ums/exhibitions. Children’s drawings were also used. The analysis was performed on data collected on site at the following institutions: the Xperiment! Gallery at the Mu­ seum of Science and Industry, Manchester; Eureka! the Museum for Children, Halifax; and the Archaeological Resource Centre, York.
Affiliation:
University of Leicester
Issue Date:
1997
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607910
Submitted date:
2015-09-29
Document Source:
Dissertation/Thesis
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Qualitative
Learning Environment:
Informal
Research Setting:
Museum
Subjects:
Families
Construct:
Affective Belief/Identity Motivation/Attitude
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorMoussouri, Theanoen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T08:57:41Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T08:57:41Zen
dc.date.issued1997en
dc.date.submitted2015-09-29en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/607910en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the family museum experience from the point of view of the family members. When families visit museums they bring with them their own agenda. Analysing the components of the family agenda illuminates the frameworks through which families perceive their museum visit. Hands-on museums (or exhibitions within museums) were chosen as case studies because they provide for family visitors and, thus, they are more likely to satisfy a wider range of family agendas. Indeed, different types of agendas - including agendas for adults, children and an agenda for learning - were considered. Based on the analysis of the data collected in three institutions, a family agenda model was developed. Five factors were identified as determining the family museum agenda: the family profile, socio-cultural patterns, the personal and the social context of the visit and the museum exhibition(s). The interaction of these factors creates the agenda for the visit and also influences the way the visit is perceived and reconstructed by family members. All the members of the family are actively involved in constructing the agenda. The museum agenda can also challenge the family agenda. Hence the family agenda is constructed, negotiated and refined before, during and after the visit itself. The methodology used to collect data was qualitative in nature and involved ob­ serving and interviewing all the family members of 86 groups in three hands-on muse­ ums/exhibitions. Children’s drawings were also used. The analysis was performed on data collected on site at the following institutions: the Xperiment! Gallery at the Mu­ seum of Science and Industry, Manchester; Eureka! the Museum for Children, Halifax; and the Archaeological Resource Centre, York.en
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dc.titleFamily Agendas and Family Learning in Hands-on Museumsen
dc.typeDissertation/Thesisen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Leicesteren
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentInformalen
dc.istar.constructAffective Belief/Identity Motivation/Attitudeen
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQualitativeen
dc.istar.researchsettingMuseumen
dc.istar.subjectFamiliesen
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