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Interpretive Planning for Museums Integrating Visitor Perspectives in Decision Making

ISBN-10: 1611321573
ISBN-13: 9781611321579
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Museum professionals' increased focus on visitors in recent years has been demonstrated by, among other things, the enhanced practice of evaluation and the development of interpretive plans. Yet too often, these efforts function independent of one another. This book helps museums integrate visitors' perspectives into interpretive planning by recognizing, defining, and recording desired visitor outcomes throughout the process. The integration of visitor studies in the practice of interpretive planning is also based on the belief that the greater our understanding, tracking, and monitoring of learners, the greater the impact museums will make on public understanding of the science and humanities disciplines. An approach that advocates thoughtful and intentional interpretive planning that constantly integrates visitor perspectives is the next step in working with, rather than for, our communities; a step toward truly becoming visitor-centered and impactful as essential learning institutions of the 21st century.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
True Story: Developing without a Plan
The Need for This Book
The Purpose of This Book
Audiences for This Book
Conceptual Foundations
Museums as Learning Institutions
How We Have Come to Understand Visitors
Theoretical Foundations of Interpretation
Planning for Interpretation and Learning
Interpretive Planning
Definition
Scope and Scale of Planning
Planning Team Considerations
Integrating Visitor Perspectives into Interpretive Planning
The Outcomes Hierarchy
Visitor Perspectives and the Nature of Outcomes
The Outcomes Hierarchy
Developing Outcomes and Impacts
Integrating Visitor Perspectives in Master Interpretive Planning
Introduction
Situation and Need
Purpose and Goals
Inventory
Analysis
Themes and Visitor Experiences
Recommendations
Implementation Guidelines
Integrating Visitor Perspectives in Project Interpretive Planning
Introduction
Situation and Need
Purpose and Goals
Inventory
Analysis
Themes and Visitor Experiences
Recommendations
Implementation Guidelines
Concluding Thoughts
Revisiting Issues
Outcomes, Impact, and Public Value
Twenty-First-Century Planning
Example of Outcomes Hierarchy Used as an Executive Summary of Visitor Perspectives
Sample Tables of Contents of Interpretive Plans
Notes
Glossary
References
Index
About the Authors

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