Family Learning Forum

A Project of the USS Constitution Museum

Family Learning Reading List

We've used many of these articles and books to provide us with a basic understanding of family learning. Many of the studies and research projects take place in science or children's museums but our Team feels the basic family learning information is transferable to other types of museums.

Books

  • Borun, M., J. Dritsas, J. I. Johnson, N. Peter, K. Wagner, K. Fadigan, A. Jangaard, E. Stroup, and A. Wenger. Family Learning in Museums: The PISEC Perspective. (Philadelphia: The Franklin Instittute, 1998).
  • Butler, B., & Sussman, M. (1989). "Introduction: The Family-Museum Connection" In B. Butler & M. Sussman (Eds.), Museum Visits and Activities for Family Life Enrichment. 1- 6, New York: The Haworth Press.
  • Falk, John H., Lynn D. Dierking. Learning from Museums: Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Walnut Creek, Lanham, New York, Oxford. 2000
  • Falk, John H., Lynn D. Dierking. Lessons without Limit. How Free Choice Learning is Transforming Education. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Walnut Creek, Lanham, New York, Oxford.
  • Falk, John H. Lynn Dierking, Forward by William L. Boyd. The Museum Experience. Whalesback Books, Washington D.C. 1992.
  • Gaea Leinhardt, Kevin Crowley, and Karen Knutson (Eds.). Learning Conversations in Museums. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2002
  • McLean, Kathleen, Catherine McEver (Eds.). Are We There Yet? Conversations about Best Practices in Science Exhibition Development. Exploratorium. San Francisco, CA. 2004.
  • Robinson, J. and Patricia Quinn. Playspace: Creating Family Spaces in Public Places. Boston: Boston Children's Museum, 1984.

Articles

  • Beach, Barbara Kres and Nina Freelander Gibans. "Family Affair." Museum News, 71 (January/February 1992): 57-59.
  • Blud, L. (1990). "Social Interaction and Learning Among Family Groups Visiting a Museum" Museum Management and Curatorship, 9, 43-51.
  • Blud, L. (1990). "Sons and Daughters: Observations of the Way Families Interact During a Museum Visit." Museum Management and Curatorship, 9, 257-264.
  • Borun, M. (2002). "Object-Based Learning and Family Groups" In S. Paris (Ed.), Perspectives on Object-Centered Learning in Museums (245-260). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Borun, M., M. Chambers, and A. Cleghorn. 1996. "Families are Learning in Science Museums." Curator, 39 (2): 124-138.
  • Borun, M., Cleghorn, A, & Garfield, C. (1995). "Family Learning in Museums: A Bibliographic Review" Curator, 38 (4), 262-270.
  • Dierking, L. (1987). "Parent-Child Interactions in a Free Choice Learning Setting: An Examination of Attention-directing behaviors." Dissertation Abstracts International, 49-14A. (University Microfilms No. 8809628).
  • Dierking, L. (1989). "The Family Museum Experience: Implications for Research." Journal of Museum Education, 14 (2), 9-11.
  • Dierking, L. (1989). "What Research Says to Museum Educators about the Family Museum Experience." The Journal of Museum Education. Spring/Summer.
  • Dierking, L., & Falk, J. (1994). "Family Behavior and Learning in Informal Science Settings: A Review of the Research." Science Education, 78 (1), 57-72.
  • Ellenbogen, K. (2002). "Museums in Family Life: An Ethnographic Case Study." In G. Leinhardt, K. Crowley and K. Knutson (Eds.), Learning Conversations in Museums (81-101). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Falk, J. (1991). "Analysis of the Behaviour of Family Visitors in History Museums: The National Museum of Natural History." Curator, 34 (1), 44-50.
  • Gordon, M. "Shared Family Learning in Museums." The Museologist, 50 (Winter 1987): 11-13.
  • Hilke, D. (1987). "Museums are Resources for Family Learning: Turning the Question Around." The Museologist, 50 (175), 14-15.
  • Hilke, D. 1988. "Strategies for Family Learning in Museums." Visitor Studies 1988: Theory, Research and Practice, vol. 1, edited by S. Bitgood, J. Roper, and A. Benefield, 120-134. Jacksonville, AL: Center for Social Design.
  • Kropf, Marcia B. "How Families Learn: Considerations for Program Development." Museum Visits and Activities. Eds. Barbara H. Butler and Marvin B. Sussman. New York: Haworth Press, Inc., 1989.
  • LaVilla-Havelin. "Family Learning in Museums." Museum Visits and Activities. Eds. Barbara H. Butler and Marvin B. Sussman. New York: Haworth Press, Inc., 1989.
  • Leichter, H. and Hensel, K. "Families and Museums: Issues and Perspectives." Museum Visits and Activities. Eds. Barbara H. Butler and Marvin B. Sussman. New York: Haworth Press, Inc., 1989.
  • McManus, P. (1994). "Families in Museums" In R. Miles & L. Zavala (Eds.), Towards the Museum of the Future: New European Perspectives, 81-97. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Morgan., Monica J. et al. "Integrating the Family." Museum News, 56, no. 5 (May/June 1978): 29-31.
  • Rosenthal, E. & Blankman-Hetrick, J., (2002). "Conversations Across Time: Family Learning in a Living History Museum" in Learning in Museums (305-309), Leinhardt et al, (2001) Lawrence Earlbaum and Associates.
  • Stanton, S. (1999). "Museums, Families and Cultural Models" Visitor Studies Today, 2 (3), 6-9.
  • White, Judith, and Sharon Barry. Families, Frogs, and Fun. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1984.
  • Wolins, I. (1989). "A Case for Family Programs in Museums." In B. Butler & M. Sussman (Eds.), Museum Visits and Activiites For Family Life Enrichment, 7-14. New York: The Haworth Press.
  • Wolins, I., "Educating Family Audiences."The Journal of Museum Education: Roundtable Reports, 7(1), (1981): 2.
  • Wood, Richard. "Museum Learning: A Family Focus." Journal of Education in Museums (1990): 20-23, 4p.