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The latest research-backed posts on museum audience behavior, in person or virtual, current or prospective.

Shortly after posting my last blog on social and emotional learning being imperative and in museum educators’ wheelhouse, some conversations with clients, colleagues, and research participants further drove this point home for me.  In my first post, I wrote about how important question-posing is for social and emotional learning and how museum educators are often...
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Just months ago (but what feels like an eternity ago), I was in an art museum observing museum educators lead a group of fifth-grade students on a museum visit.  One work of art they viewed highlighted inequities in the world by zooming in on areas where there is an abundance or absence of light across...
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The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the museum community to its core.   In a guest post for Art Museum Teaching, Stephanie grapples with one aspect of museum work that will face continuing challenges, now and in the months to come—sustaining museum-school relationships during and after COVID-19.  She writes: The question for me isn’t “will museums keep working...
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Last week, we at RK&A were delighted at the release of the NAEA/AAMD impact study exploring the effects of facilitated single-visit art museum programs on students in grades 4 to 6.  A common question that we have fielded since we first shared preliminary results of the NAEA/AAMD study at the NAEA National Convention in March...
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While waiting to get my hands on Nina Simon’s newest book, The Art of Relevance, I enjoyed working my way through her blog, Museums 2.0.  I was especially touched by a pair of posts I’d read just before Labor Day weekend: (1) a “sneak peek” of The Art of Relevance; and (2) an honest, reflective...
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Last week the interdisciplinary journal Museum & Society (M&S) released their latest issue, entitled “Sociology and Museums,” to which I’m proud to have contributed. As a doctoral student in sociology, my research looks within the organizational field of museums – comparing art museums and botanical gardens – to explore what sociologists gain by investigating the...
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I recently had the pleasure of participating in an online forum called Interactive Café, sponsored by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Research Commission.  For a week, I exchanged ideas virtually with my co-hosts, Olga Hubard of Teachers College Columbia University, Michelle Grohe of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Benjamin Tellie of the Charles...
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Summative Evaluation of Cyberchase: The Chase is On! [2008] (Read the full report) Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH) contracted with Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) to evaluate the National Science Foundation-funded exhibition Cyberchase: The Chase is On! The exhibition used a popular children’s television show as an entry point to convey two key exhibition...
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The case study below is from a summative evaluation RK&A did with the Wildlife Conservation Society.  The Madagascar! exhibit at the Bronx Zoo is an indoor exhibit that allows visitors to come face-to-face with wildlife from this island habitat.  The exhibit also features a film, Small Wonders, Big Threats, that addresses environmental challenges the island...
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The case study below is from a summative evaluation RK&A completed for the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.  Based in Manati, Puerto Rico, the Conservation Trust runs a Citizen Science program for local residents. — Citizen Science [2010] A summative program evaluation with a nature conservancy The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico collaborated with RK&A...
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