Book Chapter Engaging Museum Visitors in Difficult Topics Through Socio-cultural Learning and Narrative
Citation: Kelly, L. 2010. Engaging Museum Visitors in Difficult Topics Through Socio-cultural Learning and Narrative. Fiona Cameron and Lynda Kelly (ed). pp 194-210 In Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums. (http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Hot-Topics--Public-Culture--Museums1-4438-1974-3.htm). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 1-4438-1974-3Abstract:
This chapter considers socio-cultural theory as a conduit for engaging visitors with difficult topics as well as assessing their physical museum experiences. A socio-cultural approach to identifying visitor learning is applied through analysing summative evaluation of visitors to an Australian Museum exhibition that tackled the difficult topic of death. The role of narrative is also considered through examining visitor responses to the more confronting aspects of the exhibition and considering how they felt about death within the context of their personal experience.