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Results of a case study of an exhibit of art and artifacts designed for children are presented. The focus of the study was to apply the principles of instructional-message design to the evaluation of the exhibit. The exhibit, "Art Inside Out: Exploring Art and Culture through Time," was displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago. Textual elements, identification games, videos, art-related computer games, and contextual environments were studied through: observation of visitors; interviews with the curator, staff, and visitors; and analysis of the text and components that make up the exhibit. It is suggested that museum professionals have ignored fundamental human information-processing principles having to do with perception, framing, prerequisite knowledge, short-term memory, drawing inferences, and making meaning. Recommendations are made for improving the overall educational quality of exhibits. They are as follows: new exhibits should have broad general goals, with specific behavioral objectives; evaluation should be an integral part of the development process; and artifacts and works of art in the exhibit should be chosen for their ability to convey the objectives of the exhibit. (Contains 2 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Art, Art Education, Art History, Case Studies, Children, Cognitive Processes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Games, Context Effect, Educational Facilities, Educational Technology, Evaluation Methods, Exhibits, Improvement, Instructional Design, Instructional Materials, Museums, Teaching Methods, Visual Perception

Author: Schlenk, George W.; Shrock, Sharon A.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9199&id=ED373757


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