Abstract

This chapter considers socio-cultural theory as a conduit for engaging visitors with difficult topics as well as assessing their physical museum experiences. A socio-cultural approach to identifying visitor learning is applied through analysing summative evaluation of visitors to an Australian Museum exhibition that tackled the difficult topic of death. The role of narrative is also considered through examining visitor responses to the more confronting aspects of the exhibition and considering how they felt about death within the context of their personal experience.

Bibliographic Data

Title
Engaging Museum Visitors in Difficult Topics Through Socio-cultural Learning and Narrative
Author
Kelly, L
Editor
Fiona Cameron and Lynda Kelly
Year
2010
Publication Type
Book Chapter
Publisher
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Book Title
Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums
Number of pages
194-210
Publisher
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN
1-4438-1974-3
External URL
http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Hot-Topics--Public-Culture--Museums1-4438-1974-3.htm