Why do people go to museums and what do they learn there? What roles can museums serve in a learning community? How can museums facilitate more effective learning experiences? John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking investigate these questions in Learning from Museums. Synthesizing theories and research from a wide range of disciplines, including psychology, education, anthropology, neuroscience and museum research, Falk and Dierking explain the nature and process of learning as it occurs within the museum context and provides advice on how museums can create better learning environments. Visit the authors' web page
John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking are founders and directors of the Institute for Learning Innovation in Annapolis, Maryland. Their books include Lessons without Limit, The Museum Experience, and Free-Choice Science Education.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Learning from Museums: An Introduction Chapter 4 The Personal Context Chapter 5 The Sociocultural Context Chapter 6 The Physical Context Chapter 7 Museums and the Individual Chapter 8 Communities of Learners Chapter 9 A Place for Learning Chapter 10 The Contextual Model of Learning Chapter 11 Documenting Learning from Museums Chapter 12 Making Museums Better Learning Experiences Chapter 13 Museums in the Larger Society Chapter 14 The Future of Museums Chapter 15 Refrences