An evaluative study of family guides and subsequent design of a multi-museum third grade explorer's guide

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Hillman, Katherine
museum guidebooks; curriculum planning; social studies; Curriculum and Instruction; Elementary Education; Museum Studies
thesis / dissertation description
The idea for this project began with the evaluative study of a cultural organization's family guide. The results of that study, garnered from interviews with and observations of families, serves as the inspiration for a newly designed family guide intended for third graders and their families. The guide incorporates several museum visits with NY State Social Studies Scope and Sequence criteria and is based on personal teaching experience, age-relevant developmental guidelines, theoretical influences, a literature review of family learning and current family guides, as well as the results of the evaluative study.