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Reviews - July 2007
Alison Grey, Tim Gardom and Catherine Booth
This guide has been produced as an outcome of ‘Say it again, say it differently’ project by the London Museums, 2004 – 2006. Research found that only 56% of visitors to four museums in London found displays easy to understand. Accessible text, presenting a structured story, which is developed and tested with target audiences in mind, will engage visitors, encourage them to read or discover more information, stay longer and visit again. Practical suggestions on how to do this, and case studies demonstrating how this has been done, are presented in the handbook.
Although focussed on 5 London-based museum, the ideas and suggestions within the guidelines are applicable to any interpretation or learning-based site. The text is broken down into 6 main parts
Each part is based on findings from research at real sites, so represents an accumulation of knowledge and understanding from practitioners, not just theorists. This makes it very valuable for the botanic garden educator, who has to implement suggestions. The whole resource is full of hints and topics, from working with volunteers, to getting buy-in from the board of director, to addressing misconceptions with the staff (including the dreaded ‘dumbing down’) and within visitors, to selecting design teams. The issues faced and dealt with through the ‘Say It again’ project are ones which will be familiar to many educators and interpreters.
The content is very straightforward, and follows a time-line structure, guiding reader through the whole process. The sections on working with words and investigating outcomes through evaluation are particularly helpful. The resources section at the end includes checklists for writing a brief, a summary of learning styles, and a synopsis of evaluation.
Reviews - April 2007
Edited by Adrian Clarke, Helen Parry and Clare Shorter
In this series of booklets, SAPS presents activities to support the teaching of plants in the primary curriculum. The first topics available are ‘Parts of a flower and their functions’ and ‘Reproduction and life cycles’. Look out for part 3, ‘Living processes and what plants need to grow’ – coming soon.
Describes what an accessible and inclusive museum, archive, library or other site which stimulates and supports learning looks like. Using Generic Learning Outcomes as a basis for programme aims and objectives.
Learning is now high on local, regional and national agendas. Inspiring Learning for All will transform the way in which museums, archives and libraries deliver and engage users in learning.