Evaluating educational value in museum exhibitions: establishing an evaluation process for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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dc.contributor.author Doswell, Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-12T19:18:35Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-12T19:18:35Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-12T19:18:35Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/741
dc.description.abstract The role and function of museums in education has been debated along several lines of inquiry. For the majority of museum institutions, the most vital, consistent audience they have comes from the public and private schools in their communities. This is critical for museums trying to maintain relevancy in the national education climate that has increased emphasis on curriculum and testing standards. Founded in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, Missouri has preserved and taught African American baseball history from the late 1800s through the 1960s. Although the museum had received positive commentary from visitors, and well received attention from the international press, it had not undergone any major changes to its design since it opened its permanent facility in 1997. Of chief concern to the museum was its ability to attract school age learners with their teachers to the institution. The museum had a number of layers by which it presented historical information and each layer needed some level of evaluation. There were a number of informative examples of museum evaluation and assessment available for review, but no tool or model existed specifically designed to assist museums in evaluating exhibition content for educational value. This study reports on methods by which the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) could improve and enhance exhibitions. It explored the current trends and scholarship involving museums and education, museum exhibition evaluation, and Negro Leagues historical scholarship. A multi-step research processed evolved for use in the study, featuring detailed literature reviews and interviews from educators, historians, museum professionals, and a grant awarding foundation expert. This study targets museum professionals responsible for interpretation and creation of exhibitions, including curatorial staff and museum educators. The study also informs other museum leaders regarding the process by which high quality educational material is created for the museum environment. A set of important themes and evaluation questions were formed as a result of the interviews and literature review. The study offered critical thinking questions for the evaluation process and suggests recommendations for implementation. The study also implies action plan strategies for implementation of an evaluation process. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Museums en
dc.subject Exhibitions en
dc.subject Evaluation en
dc.subject Educational value en
dc.subject Negro leagues baseball en
dc.title Evaluating educational value in museum exhibitions: establishing an evaluation process for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.degree Doctor of Education en
dc.description.level Doctoral en
dc.description.department Department of Educational Leadership en
dc.description.advisor Gerald D. Bailey en
dc.subject.umi Education, Secondary (0533) en
dc.subject.umi History, Black (0328) en
dc.date.published 2008 en
dc.date.graduationmonth May en

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