Between the secular and the sacred : emotive responses at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum

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dc.contributor.advisor Mayer, Melinda M.
dc.creator Morgan, Andrea Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-18T19:01:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-18T19:01:19Z
dc.date.created 2012-05
dc.date.issued 2012-07-18
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5496
dc.description.abstract The focus of this research study was to determine the nature of the experiences visitors have at The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum in Houston, Texas. In order to discover these experiences visitors have in the space I conducted a phenomenological research study by interviewing eleven people at the Chapel and asking them to recount their experiences inside the space. Phenomenology enables the collection of rich description of the visitors’ experiences. To gather the data I used the methodology of narrative inquiry in an effort to accurately depict the participants’ stories about their experiences. The narratives I collected at the Chapel demonstrated that the space is one that provides an evocative learning experience rather than one that is informative. I found that there were a range of experiences in the space that related to the previous experiences or knowledge that visitors brought with them to the Chapel. The motivations for this study came from my own experience with the space before I started my graduate studies. However, during the course of this study it became clear that there is a lack of knowledge about visitors’ responses to The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. The results of this study benefit the field of museum education by making a case for recognizing spaces that provide opportunities for evocative learning, rather than viewing them as purely informative.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
dc.subject Emotive responses
dc.subject Phenomenology
dc.title Between the secular and the sacred : emotive responses at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
dc.date.updated 2012-07-18T19:01:26Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5496
dc.contributor.committeeMember Bolin, Paul E.
dc.description.department Art Education
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Art Education
thesis.degree.discipline Art Education
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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