Museum Education ("Free Choice" Learning Environments)
At MUSE Educational Consulting, we have museum practitioners who have been in the field since the early 1990s. Yes, we have a body of experience in exhibit design, signage development, and of course evaluation. Our definitions of "teaching" and "learning" are necessarily broad and deep, informed by these rich social and experiential environments. Our passion is bringing "outsiders" into the museum's doors. We are veterans of untold numbers of conversations about integrating traditional "non-visitors" into the decision-making and planning processes in order to broaden and diversify our audiences as well as the voices honored by the curatorial process and the relevance of our institutions.
These conversations are just as important today as they were when the field first began discussing them. We are passionate about including traditional "non-visitors" in projects and programs, and we have accumulated decades of experience thinking about diversifying perspectives and visitorship.
We have also been working with the ideas of identity and communities of practice for nearly 20 years. We are flexible in the potential approaches that would apply to different settings, and we are dedicated to supporting research and evaluation that investigate the degree to which your learners' identities and senses of community interact with your settings, programs, projects, and exhibitions. Talk to us about your vision for what you would like to develop and/or measure.
"..Learning is broader. It includes the cognitive, social, and physical; the practical, entertaining, and personal; the formal and informal; and many, many more domains and settings. Learning represents knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that support individual success in our complex world—in short, outcomes."
From the Institute of Museum and Library Science (Accessed 1/9/2017)