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Natural history dioramas : traditional exhibits for current educational themes : socio-cultural aspects

Author: Annette Scheersoi; Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019]
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This book focuses on socio-cultural issues and the potential of using dioramas in museums to engage various audiences with - and in - contemporary debates and big issues, which society and the natural environment are facing, such as biodiversity loss. From the early 1900s, with the passage of time and changes in cultural norms in societies, this genre of exhibits evolved in response to the changes in entertainment,  Read more...
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Scheersoi, Annette.
Natural History Dioramas - Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes : Socio-Cultural Aspects.
Cham : Springer, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Annette Scheersoi; Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
ISBN: 9783030002084 303000208X
OCLC Number: 1076258220
Notes: 8.2 Contested Realities: Racism and Cultural Hegemony.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Foreword; Contents; Contributors; Chapter 1: Introduction: Natural History Dioramas and Socio-cultural Aspects; References; Part I: Reaching Different Types of Audiences Through Dioramas; Chapter 2: Leisure Visitor's Responses to Natural History Dioramas; 2.1 Reflections; 2.2 The Natural History Museum and its Visitors; 2.3 Visitors' Agenda; 2.4 The Galleries of the Powell-Cotton Museum; 2.5 Methodology; 2.6 Results; 2.7 Discussion; References; Chapter 3: Learning to Teach Newcomer Students Using Dioramas of North America. 3.1 Introduction and Framework for Course on Learning to Teach in Museums3.2 "The Story": A Qualitative Narrative of Observations and Conversations; 3.3 Focus Group to Identify Themes from the Conversations; 3.4 End of Semester Teacher Projects; 3.5 Newcomer Students: A School Profile; 3.6 Conclusion; 3.7 Remembering Roberta Altman (1947-2017); References; Chapter 4: Window to Nature: MuseobilBOX-Dioramas in the Museum Koenig; 4.1 An Investment for the Future; 4.2 Out of Sight, Out of Mind?; 4.3 The MuseobilBOX; 4.3.1 Getting Started; 4.3.2 Exploring the Museum. 4.3.3 The Scientific Collection4.3.4 Dioramas; 4.3.5 A Taxidermist's Work; 4.3.6 The Museum's History: Alexander Koenig; 4.3.7 Being Creative; 4.4 The MuseobilBOX-Exhibition; 4.5 Conclusion; References; Chapter 5: Rethinking Natural History Dioramas: Bundling the Needs of Neuro-Diverse and Neuro-Typical Visitors; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Case Study: Summative Evaluation of "Fossil Mysteries" Employing ADHD/Dyslexic Reviewers; 5.3 What Worked Best: The Dioramas; 5.4 Exploring Why Dioramas Worked Best; 5.5 Critical Thresholds: When Is It Too Much or Not Enough?; 5.6 The Take-Aways; References. Chapter 6: The Digital Diorama Project: A New Way of Exploring Dioramas from Outside of the Museum Setting6.1 Museum Dioramas; 6.2 Non-formal Education; 6.3 Connecting Museums with Citizens; 6.4 The Digital Diorama Project; 6.5 Digital Diorama Website; 6.6 Description of a Crossover Topic; 6.7 Our Aims; 6.8 Digital Diorama Methodological Issues; 6.9 Promoting Knowledge of Cultural Heritage; 6.10 Evaluation and Distribution; 6.11 Conclusion; References; Part II: Problematic Aspects of Dioramas; Chapter 7: Life, Living and Lifelessness in Taxidermy; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Beyond Mute Skins. 7.3 In What Ways Are Visitors Affected by Encountering Something "At Once Lifelike Yet Dead"?7.4 How Display Influences Perception; 7.4.1 Case Study 1: Comparing Taxidermy Display Settings in Birmingham Museums; 7.4.2 Case Study 2: Human and Child Skeleton Horniman Museum, London, UK; 7.4.3 Case Study 3: Dead Dog Heads Horniman Museum, London, UK; 7.4.4 Case Study 4: Increasing Staff and Visitor Engagement with Taxidermy at Thinktank Science Museum; 7.5 Conclusion; References; Chapter 8: Cultural Conflict: The Stories Dioramas Tell and Don't Tell; 8.1 Introduction.
Responsibility: Annette Scheersoi, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, editors.

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This book focuses on socio-cultural issues and the potential of using dioramas in museums to engage various audiences with - and in - contemporary debates and big issues, which society and the natural environment are facing, such as biodiversity loss. From the early 1900s, with the passage of time and changes in cultural norms in societies, this genre of exhibits evolved in response to the changes in entertainment, expectations and expressed needs of museum visitors. The challenge has always been to provide meaningful, relevant experiences to visitors, and this is still the aim today. Dioramas are also increasingly valued as learning tools. Contributions in this book specifically focus on their educational potential. In practice, dioramas are used by a wide range of educational practitioners to assist learners in developing and understanding specific concepts, such as climate change, evolution or conservation issues. In this learning process, dioramas not only contribute to scientific understanding and cultural awareness, but also reconnect wide audiences to the natural world and thereby contribute to the well-being of societies. In the simultaneously published book: "Natural History Dioramas - Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes, Science Educational Aspects" the editors discuss the history of dioramas and their building and science learning aspects, as well as current developments and their place in the visitor experience.

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