Routledge Handbook on Education in Museums and Heritage

Attitudes towards museum education and museum educators have evolved over recent years, with both now central to the development of policies, practices, and research for successful engagement. Museum Education is now a field of study in its own right, rather than a strand of Museum Studies.

Editors: 

 

    • Maggie Jago (University of Glasgow)

    • Pete Brown (Independent museum consultant)

    • Michelle Delaney (Smithsonian)

    • Karl B. Murr (EMA)

    • Henrik Zipsane (EMA)

Attitudes towards museum education and museum educators have evolved over recent years, with both now central to the development of policies, practices, and research for successful engagement. Museum Education is now a field of study in its own right, rather than a strand of Museum Studies. 

The Museum and Heritage Education Handbook defines museum and heritage as all cultural sites that interpret collections and spaces for public education, understanding and enjoyment, including art galleries, historic houses and archaeological sites. The Handbookwill be a unique new international practical reference, combining rich theory with innovative practice in order to address a global need for academic reflection and discussion. It will discuss how museums, galleries and heritage sites can continue to offer opportunities for the deep academic, emotional, social and physical engagement that is needed in a time of political and economic uncertainty and social transience. 

Chapter 1 Education as essential to international museum values

Chapter 2 Deep thought – philosophical considerations in museum education

Chapter 3 A joint venture – placemaking through education in museums and historic sites

Chapter 4 Who pays the piper and who calls the tune? 

Chapter 5 Pillars of the establishment or agents of change? 

Chapter 6 Decolonising narratives in Indonesian museums

Chapter 7 Democratising culture: getting down and dirty in industrial museums

Chapter 8 In defence of museum education

Chapter 9 Museum education: the forgotten profession?

Chapter 10 Formal, non-formal, informal: the 21st century museum as a site for learning

Chapter 11 Embracing the untouchable: strategies for engaging learners with intangible heritage

Chapter 12 Seeing is believing – the importance of visual literacy theory in museum education

Chapter 13 Let’s get physical: applying spatial theories to museum education

Chapter 14 Uncovering the authentic unknown: the place of mystery in museum education

Chapter 15 The real thing: deconstructing authenticity and role play in museum education

Chapter 16 An ocean of documentary traces: experiential learning in the archives 

Chapter 17 The evolving role of the museum as a stimulus for critical pedagogical practice

Chapter 18 From research to practice: a museum education study

Chapter 19 Thinking aloud: applying visible thinking in museum education

Chapter 20 The public laboratory: employing experiments for learning in science centres

Chapter 21 Changing perceptions towards dementia

Chapter 22 Pride and Prejudice: LGBTQ+ inclusive museum education practices

Chapter 23 We’re here because they were here – the empathetic value of place

Chapter 24 Getting to know you – facilitating visitor identity and relatability

Chapter 25 Enhancing educational access through digital

Chapter 26 Overcoming challenges:  inaccessible, ethically, and culturally sensitive objects

Chapter 27 Memorial sites as catalysts for healing and hope 

Chapter 28 Total participation: leaving no one behind

Chapter 29 Reaching out: changing the visitor social dynamic

Chapter 30 What next? Museum education and sustainable development

Chapter 31 Museum education in the blender: digital transformation in cultural heritage

Chapter 32 No place for elitism – levelling up through learning

Chapter 33 Facing the facts: misogyny in the museum

Chapter 34 Increasing diversity and helping to establish a sense of ownership

Chapter 35 Following the data: evidence-based museum education

Chapter 36 Building nuance: moving away from black-and-white thinking

Timeline:

October 2022 Contributors send draft plans

January 2023 Feedback on draft plans to contributors

May 2023 First draft chapters to editors

July 2023 Editors’ meeting

October 2023 Contributors send second draft to editors

January 2024 Finalisation

June 2024 Publication