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Not Easily Defined: A Continuum of Definitions of the 'Museum School'

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dc.contributor.advisor Martin, Christopher Tillner, Olivia Lane 2016-05-13T18:29:01Z 2016-05-13T18:29:01Z 2016-03-23
dc.description.abstract The term ‘museum school’ suggests a seemingly straightforward concept; one in which a museum and school coexist and benefit together. While, this is true, it does not include the wider and varied definitions associated with the term. Previous research on the topic highlighted the formal educational aspects of the term, disregarding informal educational characteristics. This does a disservice to the term, relegating it to singular component of and reinforcing the formal/informal educational divide. Building on the history of and the increasingly educational roles of the museum, this thesis seeks to explore three specific types of museum schools: Historical Museum School, Informal Museum School, and Formal Museum School. Additionally, because Formal Museum Schools are currently at their highest number yet, this thesis develops a small inventory of those schools. Ultimately, this research reveals that museums, their programs, and schools are not entirely guided by strict educational boundaries.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject History
dc.subject Museum Education
dc.subject Museums
dc.subject Museum School
dc.subject Museum-School Partnerships
dc.subject Public History
dc.title Not Easily Defined: A Continuum of Definitions of the 'Museum School'
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.committeemember Polk, Andrew
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject.umi Museum studies
dc.subject.umi History
dc.subject.umi American history M.A.
dc.contributor.department History en_US

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