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Object lessons and early learning

Author: Sharon E Shaffer
Publisher: New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ©2018 2018.
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The twenty-first century is a time of change for early learning in museums, due in part to society's evolving view of childhood, from an age of innocence to understanding the robust learning that defines the first years of life. This perspective is a catalyst for international conversation and continues to raise attention and interest across society. Object Lessons and Early Learning leverages what is known about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon E Shaffer
ISBN: 9780203702253 0203702255 9781351332903 1351332902 9781351332910 1351332910 9781351332897 1351332899
OCLC Number: 1044733805
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Preface; SECTION I: Object Lessons in Theory: A Key to Interpretation; 1. Setting the Stage for Early Learning in Museums; Introduction; A Look Back: Children in Museums; Educational Theory and Practice; Themes of Learning Theory; The Study of Theory; Conclusion; 2. The Museum Object: A Story of Change; Introduction; The Ubiquitous Nature of Objects; Objects in Museums: A Changing Perspective; The Role of Objects in Museums: Views from Traditional Museums and Children's Museums. Conclusion3. The Object Lesson: A Closer Look at Its History and Development; Introduction; Context for Understanding the Object Lesson, Past and Present; The Object Lesson in Educational Theory and Practice; The Development of Progressive Education; Progressive Education and Museums; Teaching and Learning from Objects; Conclusion; 4. Object-Based Learning: Making Meaning from Objects; Introduction; In-Depth Exploration of Objects; The Object as Entry Point; An Object as Provocation; Conclusion; SECTION II: Theory to Practice: Young Children and Objects. 5. Learning to Look at Objects: A Process of DiscoveryLooking Closely, Making Discoveries; Discovery Learning in Museums; Background on Curiosity; Shining a Light on Objects; Conclusion; 6. Curiosity and Collections: A Child's Perspective; Children and Collecting; Collections on Display; Children's Literature: Exploring the Idea of Collecting and Collections; Conclusion; SECTION III: Object Lessons: Engaging Young Museum Visitors; 7. Object Lessons Inspired by History Museums and Historic Homes; Introduction; History Museums and Historic Homes; Object Lesson 1 History; Object Lesson 2 History. Object Lesson 3 HistoryConclusion; 8. Object Lessons Inspired by Art Museums, Sculpture Gardens, and Public Art; Introduction; Art Museums, Sculpture Gardens, and Public Art; Object Lesson 1 Art; Object Lesson 2 Art; Object Lesson 3 Art; Object Lesson 4 Art; Conclusion; 9. Object Lessons Inspired by Cultural Exhibitions and Institutions; Introduction; Cultural Exhibitions and Institutions; Object Lesson 1 Culture; Object Lesson 2 Culture; Object Lesson 3 Culture; Culture and Children: Valuable Lessons; Conclusion; SECTION IV: Object Lessons Beyond the Gallery. 10. Object Lessons for Young Learners in School SettingsIntroduction; Twenty-first-century Values and Practices in Early Learning Environments; The Value of Objects in the Early Childhood Classroom; A Museum Perspective: Enriching the Early Childhood Classroom with Object-Based Strategies; Conclusion; SECTION V: A Look Forward; 11. The Future of Early Learning in a Digital Society: Finding a Balance between Object-Based Experiences and Technology; Introduction; Historical Context and Background; Assessing the New Reality; Perspectives from the Field.
Responsibility: Sharon E. Shaffer.

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The twenty-first century is a time of change for early learning in museums, due in part to society's evolving view of childhood, from an age of innocence to understanding the robust learning that defines the first years of life. This perspective is a catalyst for international conversation and continues to raise attention and interest across society. Object Lessons and Early Learning leverages what is known about the cognitive development of young children to examine the power of learning through objects in museum and heritage settings. Exploring the history and modern day practice of object-based learning, Shaffer outlines the rationale for endorsing this approach in both formal and informal learning spaces. She argues that museums, as collecting institutions, are learning spaces uniquely positioned to allow children to make meaning about their world through personal connections to cultural artifacts, natural specimens, and works of art. A range of descriptive object lessons, inspired by objects in museums as well as from the everyday world, are presented throughout the text as examples of ways in which children can be encouraged to engage with museum collections. Object Lessons and Early Learning offers insights into strategies for engaging young children as learners in museum settings and in their everyday world, and, as such, will be essential reading for museum professionals, classroom educators, and students. It should also be of great interest to academics and researchers engaged in the study of museums and education.

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