Early Learning

March 1st, 2012 | RESEARCH

In this article opening the Museum Education's early learning issue, Guest Editor Sharon Shaffer frames museums as important epicenters of learning for young children, particularly at a time when confidence in U.S. schools is at a near all-time low. She makes the case that museums are a prime location for research on how young children learn, while emphasizing that collaboration between museums and other informal, as well as formal, learning settings is important for making new discoveries about learning.


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Team Members

Sharon Shaffer, Author, Smithsonian Institution


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1059-8650

Publication: Journal of Museum Education
Volume: 37
Number: 1
Page(s): 11


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Families | Museum | ISE Professionals | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs