Facilitating museum to classroom connections: How the creation of classroom activities to supplement a museum visit transformed teachers’ ideas about informal educational resources

April 1st, 2009 | RESEARCH

Many teachers are unsure about how to best utilize museum educational resources. They do not think that approaches and strategies from informal learning environments apply to classroom settings (Melber & Cox-Peterson, 2005). Yet studies have shown that simple solutions such as exhibit orientation and conducting pre and post-visit activities to supplement a field trip can help students have a richer learning experience (Gilbert & Priest, 1997; Anderson & Lucas, 1997). The current study explores the affect of making relevant findings from informal learning research explicit to pre-service teachers in the context of a teacher training course. Pre-service teachers’ were interviewed before and after their participation in the course to determine if instruction changed their ability to articulate museum-to-classroom connections.



Team Members

Camellia Sanford-Dolly, Author, Rockman, et. al.


Publication: Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 2009


Audience: Educators | Teachers | 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: Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs