- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1st edition (April 19 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606060589
- ISBN-13: 978-1606060582
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 540 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience Paperback – Apr 19 2011
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“Teaching in the Art Museum meticulously explores art museum education from the perspectives of two of the foremost names in the field.”—Art Libraries Society of North America
Winner of the 2011 PROSE Award for Education, given by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.
“Essential reading for anyone engaged in the interpretation of art.”—The Art Newspaper
About the Author
Rika Burnham is head of education at The Frick Collection in New York. Elliott Kai-Kee is an education specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
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However, for a new (or maybe even experienced) docent such as myself, I think it has some value. It is clearly not a "how to" for docents, but I think it can be useful by way of background if you are willing to stick with it, and read it more than just once. Once to get the gist, and then again to apply your metacognative [look it up if you have to - I did] skills to a further understanding of the work.
Simply stated, from a practical standpoint, the book (1) offers a historical and descriptive survey of teaching methods used in art museums by docents and professional staff educators and (2) makes a case for what the authors think is the best way to go about it. The history and survey part are probably the most valuable for docents. On the other hand, although the authors' preferences are well presented, I never found them to be well defended. It seemed like the authors felt like presentation was enough. I would have liked a chapter or essay in defense of their teaching ideal.
Finally, if I read the authors correctly, the art museum of the future would not have volunteer docents, but rather all teaching (including "tours") would be done be professional staff educators. Dream on.