Field Trip Curriculum Design
Resource List

Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Workshop, summer 2006

Instructor: Abbie Anderson (Curator of Education)

Readings appear here in intended reading order, and in priority for reading.
Navigate:   1. Learning in Museums 2. Research and Practice 3. Sample Programs and Ideas
Additional workshop documents: Useful links:

1. Learning in Museums
(for workshop session 2, 6/24/06)

  1. Falk & Dierking (2000), Chapters One and Eight
  2. Hein (1995), "The constructivist museum"
  3. Wolins (1993), "Learning theories in the museum setting"
  4. Spock (1999), "Elegant programs and conversations"
  5. Leinhardt (2004), Chapter Five

2. Field Trip Research and Practice

  1. Krishnaswami (2002), Chapter One and Appendix Two
  2. Kisiel (2003), "Teachers, museums, and worksheets"
  3. Griffin (2004), "Research on students and museums"
  4. Pitman-Gelles (1981), Chapter Four
  5. Schneider (2004), Making the informal formal (doctoral thesis: pick and choose your chapters!)
  6. Bailey (2003), "Meeting standards without sacrificing quality curriculum in the middle school"
  7. Hannon (1999), Collaborations between museum educators and classroom teachers (ERIC report: pick and choose your chapters!)

3. Additional Resources: Sample Programs and Ideas

  1. Hirzy (1996), True Needs, True Partners (IMLS grant program report: offers outstanding, practical collaboration guidelines as well as inspiring examples)
    If you read nothing else for this workshop, read section 3 of True Needs, True Partners ("Conditions for Partnership"), and browse some of the profiled programs.
  2. McLoughlin (2004), "Engineering active and effective field trips"
  3. Hobart (2005), "Authentic Learning beyond the classroom" (analysis done in Australian schools, but good material for the US as well)
  4. Messenger (2000), A model system linking formal and informal education (Master's thesis: pick and choose your chapters!)
  5. Morris (2003), "The nation's capitol and first graders"
  6. Rapp (2005), "Inquiry-based environments for the inclusion of students with exceptional learning needs"
  7. Sturgeon (2006), "A new twist on field trips"
  8. Brusic (2006), "Planet Earth field trip" (book review with tips for using children's literature to reinforce field trip activities)
  9. Carlson (2005), Charting the landscape (a new IMLS report on the results of a conference brainstorming the future of partnerships between schools, museums, and libraries)
Copyright 2006
Last updated: June 22, 2006