Lives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America's Hands-On Education Movement by Marilynne EichingerLives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America's Hands-On Education Movement by Marilynne Eichinger

Lives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America's Hands-On Education Movement

byMarilynne Eichinger

Paperback | August 2, 2016

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Peer into the political and educational climate of the 1960s to discover factors that propelled the hands-on education movement into prominence. Follow the missteps and breakthroughs of Marilynne Eichinger and 11 other naive but dedicated museum directors, board volunteers, and National Science Foundation managers as they strove to change the way science was taught. Their oft humorous stories are revealed with candor and clarity. Responding to the latest research in learning and child development, they created engaging, self-teaching displays that impacted the landscape of 2,900 centers worldwide while serving 98 million people in the U.S.

Title:Lives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America's Hands-On Education MovementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Firstbooks.comLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162901382X

ISBN - 13:9781629013824


Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionWoyayaSection I: In the BeginningCreating an Interactive Museum: Naïve BeginningsFinding a Home and Sources of SupportBuilding Support for the MissionSection II: Why Science Centers WorkPhilosophical Underpinnings of Hands-On LearningThe Importance of TouchThe Digital World: Challenge or Boon?Creativity: Can It Be Taught?The Happiness Business: Playful Learning is GoodWhy Return? I've Been There!Section III: Leading the ChargeManagement and Board ShenanigansWhat Makes a Great Leader?Achieving Balance: Lessons for Parents and LeadersAll Things Safe and Secure: Care of Visitors and StaffOut into the CommunityA Two-Class Society: What Museums Can Do To HelpSection IV: The Practical SideBudging at the Seams: Lessons for MovingFundraising Ideas and Interacting with DonorsPassion, Sexuality, and CommunitySection V: Continuing the ExperienceAfter the Visit: Gifts and Educational ToysSection VI: Summary and ConclusionSummaryFuture of MuseumsLoose EndsSection VII: ReferencesReferencesAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

"Marilynne Eichinger has created a very worthwhile contribution with her thorough analysis of science museums. Her book will bring added interest to museums and what they can offer now and in the future." - Jean Auel, author Earth's Children series. * * *"Marilynne shares the experiences and insights of many who shaped the field, along with her personal reflections. Her engaging book will help you see science museums in a new light." - David Ucko, Museums+More LLC * * *"The book is very well written and easy to enjoy. This topic requires a "storytelling" approach, and it has been captured well. Those recognized in the chapters should be honored for your treatment of their many accomplishments. The book concludes with a valuable perspective on the future of museums. That future will be a function of the leaders who take to heart the many "lessons" that are offered." - Bud Rock, Executive Director Association of Science and Technology Museums. * * *"This great read tells the story of the beginning of science museums through the eyes of early pioneer Marilynne Eichinger. She includes lessons from her life and the lives of other pioneers in museums of experience. Recommended for those who care about museums, libraries and society today." - Ginnie Cooper, Past director of Washington D.C., Brooklyn, and Portland Library systems * * *"People interested in museums as real educational environments, parents interested in their children's education, and people seeking to find themselves in a positive way could all benefit from reading this book. I love the way the bios of major contributors are interspersed through-out-most thoughtful. A terrific story!" - Ronald C. Rosenberg. Professor, Associate Dean Emeritus, Michigan State University * * *"Marilynne Eichinger has embraced the past to give a lively behind-the-scenes description of the evolution of interactive science museums and why these science playgrounds should be part of your life." - Michelle Marquart, Past VP Marketing, Oregon Coast Aquarium; General Manager, Mount Hood Railroad.