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MUSEOLOGY MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM
MUSEOLOGY MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM

Projects

Museology Master of Arts Program

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Collaborative research: An evidence-based framework for professional development and growth of informal science education professionals

Museology PI: Kris Morrissey, PhD
Funded by: National Science Foundation

“An Evidence-Based Framework for Professional Development and Growth of Informal Science Learning Professionals,” will advance the field of informal STEM learning (ISL) in four primary ways:

  1. Articulate the skills, knowledge, and dispositions specific to the ISL profession;
  2. Increase understanding of the degree to which these attributes are valued in ISL institutions and by individual ISL professionals;
  3. Advance what is known about effective approaches to supporting ISL professional learning and the impact on public engagement in STEM; and
  4. Identify any major gaps in the available research on ISL professional learning, and develop a future research agenda in this area.

Building a practicing research network in the children’s museum field

Museology PI: Jessica Luke, PhD
Funded by: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Based on a research agenda developed by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) under a previous IMLS grant, ACM and the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program will develop a network of children’s museums with the capacity for conducting research, help them identify areas of mutual research interest that respond to the research agenda, conduct three to five research projects across this museum network, and cultivate the network to initiate future research activities. The team will aggregate the resulting data and share it with the broader children’s museum field. The research results will provide, for the first time, an evidence base to document learning in and from children’s museums and allow the field to articulate the value of their practices and programs.

Let’s talk: A meta-conversation about dialogue

Museology PI: Kris Morrissey, PhD
Funded by: Institute of Museum and Library Services
This project will bring together museum professionals who are engaged in facilitating, evaluating, and studying dialogue programs in STEM and history-based institutions to analyze and synthesize what is known about dialogue programs, convene a cross-discipline symposium, and develop and share models and resources. The resulting findings and discussion on dialogue as an educational strategy will inform the development of a framework and resources to be shared with other institutions to further the museum field’s understanding of the emerging practice of dialogue-based programs. It will also increase the capacity of current and future museum professionals in planning, implementing, evaluating, and studying dialogue programs that effectively engage broad audiences around significant societal topics.

LEAP into science: Engaging diverse community partners in science and literacy

Museology PI: Jessica Luke, PhD
Funded by: National Science Foundation
Dr. Jessica Luke, Museology Graduate Program, serves as a co-PI on this project, overseeing research and evaluation efforts in support of LEAP/FSD.

By connecting children’s literature and hands-on activities in out-of-school settings, The Franklin Institute’s LEAP/Pilot promoted student and family engagement in science and literacy in Philadelphia for over 4 years. In 2011, a cohort of ten national sites joined the initiative to pilot LEAP into Science resources in multiple out-of-school time contexts and within unique institutional partnerships. Through continued collaboration in Philadelphia and with these national cohort sites, LEAP into Science: Engaging Diverse Community Partners in Science and Literacy will leverage the relationships, experiences, and resources initiated in LEAP/Pilot to address the needs of new audiences, meet partners’ requests for enhanced professional development, and study the efficacy of this program in different out-of-school time structures and populations across the country. The result will be an adaptable program that more effectively reaches diverse audiences in science and literacy through community partners, as well as a stronger understanding of implementation for improved sustainability.