Learning Value of Children’s Museums Research Network

October 1st, 2014 - October 1st, 2015 | PROJECT

With funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Association of Children’s Museums and the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program are leading a two phased project focused on developing a collective, evidence-based body of knowledge in order to better define the learning value of children’s museums. The first phase of the project titled, Building a Field-Wide Research Agenda, began in the fall of 2012. The goal was to generate a field-wide research agenda for children’s museums. In the fall of 2013 researchers, evaluators, educators, administrators, academics, contractors, and other affiliate professionals from the children’s museum field gathered in Washington D.C. for a two-day symposium which was followed by a series of webinars intended to invite broader participation from the whole children’s museum field. As a result the Learning Value of Children’s Museums Research Agenda was developed. The second phase of the project titled, Building a Practicing Research Network in the Children’s Museum Field, started in October 2014. The goal is to develop a sustainable infrastructure for cross-institutional research activities guided by the recently developed Learning Value of Children’s Museums Research Agenda. In the winter of 2015 a cohort of ten children’s museums was selected to form a network working to identify collaborative research projects that respond to the priorities in the research agenda, conduct research projects across multiple institutions in the research network, and aggregate data to share with the broader children's museum field. The work of the network is ongoing and new information will be made available to the field as we progress.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

The Learning Value of Children's Museums Research Agenda
The Learning Value of Children's Museums Project

Team Members

Jessica Luke, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Washington
Jen Rehkamp, Co-Principal Investigator, Association of Children's Museums


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: National Leadership Grants-Museums
Award Number: MG-10-14-0006-14
Funding Amount: $273,000


Audience: Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Resource Centers and Networks