Teaching the art museum to play : enhancing early childhood education in art museums through play theory

dc.contributor.advisorMayer, Melinda M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBain, Christina
dc.creatorLePere, Madeleine Granville
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-25T14:52:11Z
dc.date.available2017-05-25T14:52:11Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2015
dc.date.updated2017-05-25T14:52:12Z
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the impact of implementing play in the art museum to educate and engage children aged 2 to 5, utilizing lessons learned from children’s museums. In order to establish themselves as welcoming and educative resources for children, the programing and exhibit design of art museums must support the unique needs of early learners, namely, learning through play. Within the museum field, children’s museums offer best examples of how play can be integrated into a museum environment to encourage early learning. This study was conducted in three stages using the methodology of grounded theory. The first stage investigated the educational practice grounded in play theory of the Boston Children’s Museum in Boston, Massachusetts by observing the play of children aged 2 to 5 at an exhibit in the Boston Children’s Museum. Based on this data, the second stage developed a play-based workshop for local pre-kindergartners. The third stage implemented this workshop at the Blanton Museum of Art, in Austin, Texas, collecting data through video recording and interview. Findings from this workshop led to the formation of the following grounded theory: the integration of play in the art museum affords children aged 2 to 5 a context for making meaning about the artworks, encouraging engagement with artworks and providing opportunities for child agency. Art museums can help children develop an awareness of themselves and the wider world, offering experiences to engage, teach, and empower young learners. But, first, they must learn how to play.
dc.description.departmentArt Education
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2SF2MH8G
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/46997
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectMuseum education
dc.subjectArt museum education
dc.subjectArt education
dc.subjectArt museums
dc.subjectChildren's museums
dc.subjectEarly childhood education
dc.subjectBoston Children's Museum
dc.subjectBlanton Museum of Art
dc.subjectPlay
dc.subjectPlay theory
dc.titleTeaching the art museum to play : enhancing early childhood education in art museums through play theory
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentArt Education
thesis.degree.disciplineArt Education
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
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