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  • 1.  Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 26 days ago
    Edited by Rachel Alschuler 25 days ago

    Dear All

    I am curious about any problematic ideas in museums that you have encountered. I could see this kind of thing coming up in how an object is presented or many other things. I know that to a large extent things have changed. Look forward to the insight.



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    Rachel Alschuler
    Museum Education/ Visitor Experience
    San Francisco CA
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  • 2.  RE: Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 19 days ago

    Hi Rachel!

    I'm not sure if this would be relevant/helpful to your ask, but I'm working on a rubric that cultural institutions can use to address and improve visitor-facing text. In a scenario like the one you shared, you could use the rubric to show how the text in question is problematic, and have guidance on how to improve it. If that would be helpful, I'd be glad to share it!



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    Jessica Connor
    Student
    Department of Museum Studies - University of the Arts
    Philadelphia PA
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  • 3.  RE: Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 18 days ago

    That type of rubric sounds like it would be super helpful to a lot of interpretation teams! Are you planning on publishing it anywhere? 



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    Devra Hock-Reid PhD
    Assistant Curator, Science Education
    New Jersey State Museum
    Trenton NJ
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  • 4.  RE: Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 18 days ago

    That is my goal! The Good, Better, Best rubric is designed for use for every type and size of museum and every department. Right now, I'm working to bring more validity to the rubric with my thesis research. The current version is based on my academic, personal and professional experience thus far, and available and free on my website, along with some helpful resources. I hope it helps, and please use the feedback forms, I'd love to know how I can improve the rubric to better meet the myriad audience engagement needs in cultural institutions. 



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    Jessica Connor. M.Ed.
    Graduate Student
    Arts Administration and Museum Leadership
    Drexel University
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  • 5.  RE: Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 18 days ago

    Jessica:  Your website/resources are fantastic!  I have been trying to figure out a way to approach this kind of work with my front-facing volunteers, and this is a great way to have folks thinking for themselves how to make improvements vs. a boss just criticizing (however constructively).  What a great resource.



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    Emily Thabes
    Executive Director
    Beltrami County Historical Society Museum
    Bemidji MN
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  • 6.  RE: Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 17 days ago

    Thank you so much! Please let me know if there's anything I can do to support implementation!



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    Jessica Connor. M.Ed.
    Graduate Student
    Arts Administration and Museum Leadership
    Drexel University
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  • 7.  RE: Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 17 days ago

    Dear All

    I am so happy to see people contributing to the process of improving the way museums interact with the community. I look forward to more insight.

    Thanks,

    Rachel



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    Rachel Alschuler
    Museum Education/ Visitor Experience
    San Francisco CA
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  • 8.  RE: Problematic ides in museums

    Posted 18 days ago

    Dear Jessica

    That rubric sounds like a great idea. I would use that. Always glad for the insight. Good luck completing you studies.

    Thanks,

    Rachel



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    Rachel Alschuler
    Museum Education/ Visitor Experience
    San Francisco CA
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