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Seminar in Museum Education I

This foundation course examines the history and philosophy of museums and museum education, emphasizing the role of museums in a pluralistic society. A key focus is on learning theories and on the relationship of learning in museums to learning in schools. Students examine the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey and consider issues such as cultural diversity, interpretation from multiple perspectives, and museum-school partnerships (on-site and virtual). Through readings, discussions, visits to museums, talks with museum professionals, and written and technology-based assignments, students develop a theoretical framework for learning in museums and schools. For matriculated Museum Education students or by permission of the program director.