The authentic object? A child’s-eye view

January 1st, 2002 | RESEARCH

In this chapter, we argue that the understanding of objects that children of different ages brings to the museum setting offers a unique perspective. Little direct work on this topic has been conducted in museums. However, there is a body of related work to be found in contemporary studies of children's emerging understanding of the natural and artificial worlds that can be used to develop a framework for understanding how children might approach the world of museum objects. Recent evidence on the development of children's thinking on this subject is presented in the larger context of the historical development of object-based learning in museum settings.


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E. Margaret Evans, Author, University of Toledo
Melinda Mull, Author, University of Toledo
Devereaux Poling, Author, University of Toledo


Identifier Type: isbn
Identifier: 978-0805839272

Publication: Perspectives on object-centered learning in museums
Page(s): 55

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Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Edited Chapter | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits