Education

This is the third and final in a series of posts.  Read Part I and Part II.
Interviews
During the course of this project, I conducted a series of interviews with administrative and/or front-line educational staff at most of the science centers I visited.  The interviews allowed me to gauge professionals’ everyday awareness of gender dynamics, as well as informally assess their knowledge of...
This is Part II of a series.  Read Part I.
Methods
My examination of museums and science centers took me to science museums and centers of varying sizes in both Northern and Southern California.
In order to obtain a representative sampling of California’s diverse museums, I visited seven science centers of varying scales, geography, and foci, ranging from tiny suburban science centers to the...
By Stephanie Weaver
On Sunday, October 25 WMA held a pre-conference workshop at San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts called "Getting Comfortable with Visitor Comfort." The goal of the workshop was to help participants and the museum assess how the museum's experience met visitors' comfort needs, and therefore was an experience they might want to repeat. The facilitators (in alpha order) were...
By Leslie Madsen-Brooks
This series of three posts draws on research I originally undertook in 2001 and 2002.  It is a distillation of a much longer paper; if you’re interested in a literature review, a description of my research methods, more details from interviews, and deeper background on the topic, visit Museum Blogging.  For the purposes of the paper I was writing, I interviewed many...

Margaret Kadoyama's thirty years in the museum profession embrace extensive experience in audience development, community involvement and education strategic planning.

by Margaret Kadoyama
I was fortunate enough to attend the recent WMA conference in San Diego.   The conference provided at least one significant outcome for me -- the discovery of a new report on engaging diverse audiences from...

John Maccabee

One of the first sessions to kick of #WMA09 will be A1 Metrics Of Success: How to Measure & Account for On-line Social Engagement for Museums on Monday morning at eleven o'clock (right after the Keynote by Bob Welch).  The  panel will explore the intersection of sincere, social, on-line engagement and mission-driven value
assessment. The presenters are:
Stephanie Almeida,...
By Melissa Rosengard
How can the public become educated and prepared for a global natural disaster that may not fully realize for several decades?  One of the most critical roles a science museum can play is to be an active participant in educating their constituents on the science and practical realities around climate change and the subsequent consequences on the earth’s water levels.
David...
Elida Zelaya, Executive Director

A recent contact called some of the planners at WMA "the Funky Bunch" LOL.  I love the name, it does fit, BUT we are still professionals designing a professional program for you. When asked what I am most looking forward to offering at this year's conference in San Diego, I have to say the hands-on Resource Clinics first.
On Tuesday October 27 from 5:45 pm - 7:45...
By Stephanie Gabrielle Almeida

Click image to see more screen shots from They Called Me Mayer July opening in Second Life

Look no further than the nearest comfy couch or recliner for the future of Museums and Museum exhibitions.
I had the honor of attending a gallery opening at the Tachles Gallery in Second Life for the Mayer July (First Life name:  Mayer Kirshenblatt) exhibition.  I met up...
Hi, I'm Steve Tokar, and I'd like to invite you to a couple of San Diego Conference sessions that we've organized on the topic of visitor comfort.
Here's what we mean by comfort. The last time you and your family visited a museum, could you find your way around easily? Were there enough places to sit? Were the labels readable? Were there multiple/alternate ways to enjoy and learn? Were the...

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