Title

The Impact of a Museum Travelling Exhibition on Middle School Teachers and Students from Rural, Low-income Homes

Department

History & Philosophy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-25-2016

Abstract

Schools may be places of learning, but a great deal of learning occurs outside of school. A growing body of literature investigates how school field trips allow rural students to make real-life connections with their school curriculum. This paper contributes to that area of research by describing how students from five middle schools in the United States responded to a travelling museum exhibition hosted at a non-museum site. The authors explore the impact of the exhibition on students from poor, rural backgrounds, discussing how it helped them to engage with themes such as freedom of expression, democracy, citizenship and Holocaust education. The results show that, by connecting curricular content with real-life situations, field trips such as this have the potential to change not only students’ understanding of the curriculum, but also their teachers’ estimation of their abilities.

Journal

International Review of Education

Journal ISSN

1573-0638

Volume

62

Issue

3

First Page

355

Last Page

374

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s11159-016-9566-5