M.S. (Master of Science)
School of Art and Design
Historically museums exist as object centered spaces with little consideration of the community and artists that support them. Therefore museums as pedagogical sites must reorient themselves to become people centered spaces incorporating participatory pedagogical experiences for both community members and artists.
There is a lack of research in place-based pedagogies in museum education. It is important now more than ever to recognize the need to center community in museum education. This study will seek to investigate how museums can exact meaningful change through their educational practices and create a sense of belonging in museums for their immediate community. The outcomes of this study will help museum educational departments critically examine their practices and move towards pedagogy that connects.
O'Malley, Janelle, "You Belong Here: A Critical Look at Community Engagement in Museum Education Through K-16 Place Based Pedagogy" (2020). Student Projects. 62.