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The Docent Educator is a comprehensive compendium addressing docent specific issues, soon to be an online searchable resource.
The Docent Educator is a comprehensive compendium addressing docent specific issues, soon to be an online searchable resource.
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The Docent Educator

Between 1991 and 2003 museum educator Alan Gartenhaus published the essential guide for interactions between museum docents and the public. The 49 issues of The Docent Educator produced during that twelve-year span comprise a core resource for both museum docents and the educators who train them. As a whole it is a comprehensive compendium for the field addressing docent specific issues such as “Tough Topics” (sample article) to help docents deal with nudity and violence in art or “Honing Your Teaching Skills.” (sample article) Articles were written by a wide range of professionals from the museum education field, and they are as relevant today as when they first appeared.

The Docent Educator was available to institutions and individuals for a nominal subscription fee. However, in the ten years since the last issue little has been done institutionally to archive this resource. Past issues of The Docent Educator are hard to come by. Without this digitization project these important documents in the history of the museum education field will be lost.

Museum-Ed is using this Kickstarter Campaign to create a searchable archive of this valuable resource. Full text of all The Docent Educator articles will be available for free on the Museum-Ed website. Ebooks and library bound volumes will be available for purchase. 

Save The Docent Educator. Don’t let these valuable documents be lost.

Preview the Autumn 2002 issue.

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The Docent Educator Subject Index

Docents

  • “Professionalizing” Docents, Alan Gartenhaus (V3#3)
  • Approaches to Docent Recruitment and Selection, Inez S. Wolins (V3#3)
  • An International Overview of Art Docents, Margaret Love (V3#3)
  • Docent Programming Profile (V3#3)
  • Do We Practice What We Preach?, Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V3#3)
  • Peer Observation to Improve Performance, Jackie Littleton (V3#3)
  • High School Docents, Julia Brashares & Kristi Farnham (V4#1)
  • Docents in the 21st Century, Lorraine Beitler (V5#2)
  • A Junior Docent Program, Madeleine Correa Zeigler (V5#4)
  • Kids Touring Kids, Susan Donovan (V5#4)
  • The Docent Challenge, Jean Linsner (V7#1)
  • When Activities Teach, What is the Docent’s Role?, Tim Grove(V7#2)
  • Recruiting and Retaining Docents, Kim Erway Birck(V7#4)
  • Computers, Schools, and Museum Docents, David Stark(V8#4)
  • Disbanding the Docent Council, Carol Eames(V9#3)
  • 3 Docents, 70 Years of Volunteer Experience, Pat Brown, Jennet Bernert, & Betsy Browne(V9#3)
  • Docents Design Investigation Stations, Nancy Cutler(V9#4)
  • Targeting One’s Fellow Docents, Susan S. Perry(V10#1)
  • Docents Tailor-Made for a Walk-in Audience, Barbara Hrbek (V10#3)
  • Achieving Balance - Alan Gartenhaus (V11#1)
  • Making Connections and Mastering Collections - Michael J. Nelson (V11#1)
  • Lessons Learned from Training Classroom Teachers - Patricia Moore Shaffer (V11#1)
  • Acronyms for Effective Training - Bud Johnson (V11#1)
  • Capitalizing on Curiosity - Nancy Cutler(V11#1)
  • Creating an Inexpensive and Useful Docent Manual - Jackie Littleton (V11#1)
  • The Docent and the Wheelchair - V. Gwen Weisner(V12#2)
Volunteers
  • Customer Training for Volunteers, Marcia Hale(V3#3)
  • Volunteer Program Mechanics, Jean Linsner(V3#3)
  • A Venture into “Community Service,” Shirley Rosenkranz & June Thurber(V9#1)
  • Voluntary Professionals, Alan Gartenhaus(V9#3)
  • Will There Be Enough Volunteers?, Jackie Littleton(V9#3)
  • An Approach to Motivate Volunteers, Cathering Charlebois(V9#3)
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Alan Gartenhaus(V9#3)
  • The Ultimate Volunteer Responsibility -- Developing Tour Programs, Barbara Hrbek(V9#3)
  • Reflections of a Science Educator, Bette Weiss(V9#3)
Audiences
  • Why Understand Audiences?, Alan Gartenhaus(V2#1)
  • Reaching All of Your Audiences, Carol Wisker(V2#4)
  • Know Who You’re Working With, Alan Gartenhaus (V4#1)
  • A Guide to Childhood Development, Marla K. Shoemaker(V2#1)
  • Making Museum Visits Meaningful for the Youngest, Cleta Booth (V3#2)
  • Bowdoin’s Museums Host Lots of Little Ones, William Logan, Mildred Jones, Judy Higbea, & Helen S. Dubé (V3#2)
  • Right from the Start, Sr. Eileen Rice (V3#2)
  • Transition Techniques for Little Ones, Jackie Littleton(V5#1)
  • Comparative Functional Ostelology for Young Audiences, Robert B. Pickering(V1#4)
  • Teaching Elementary Students, Alan Gartenhaus(V4#1)
  • Familiar Strangers - Alan Gartenhaus(V11#3)
  • The Challenge of Touring Home School Groups - Susan Miner (V12#2)
  • Talking with Teenagers, Susan Feibelman(V1#2)
  • Letting Teens be Themselves, Peggy Zemach(V2#1)
  • Warming the Cool Teenager, Alan Gartenhaus(V5#4)
  • What Teens Need and Want from Us, Betsy Gough-DiJulio(V5#4)
  • Teaching Teens with a Dual Curriculum, Heather Lineberry & Anna Johnson(V5#4)
  • Teenagers “Living” at the Museum … Almost, Marie-José des Rivières(V5#4)
  • Helping Adolescents Build Self-Confidence, Jackie Littleton (V5#4)
  • Helping Teens Create Personal Meaning in the Museum, Ellen Powley (V5#4)
  • Teenagers!!! One Tough Audience, Jean Linsner(V6#3)
  • Hands-On History for Teens - Penny Gomez(V11#3)
  • Elusive University Audiences, Tamara Moats (V3#4)
  • Curriculum-Structure Tours for College Students, Katey Brown (V4#4)
  • Active Learning and Adults, Alan Gartenhaus(V4#4)
  • Adult Students Take a “Hands-On” Approach, Karen Janovy (V4#4)
  • The “Ask Me” Program, Hilary Inwood(V4#4)
  • Adult Touring Strategies, Michael J. Nelson(V10#1)
  • Family Matters, Christie Davis(V4#4)
  • Family Touring Tips, Amy L. Jared (V4#4)
  • Teachers have Great Expectations, Jackie Littleton (V1#1)
  • How I Learned to Love Teaching Teachers, Jackie Littleton(V4#4)
  • Tactful Tips for Taming Troublesome Teachers, Jackie Littleton (V6#3)
  • Touring with Older Adults, Besty Gough-DiJulio & Raymond M. Leinbach(V2#1)
  • Touring Nursing Home Residents, Raymond M. Leinbach & Betsy Gough-DiJulio(V2#4)
  • Different, Yet the Same - Alan Gartenhaus(V12#3)
  • Touring with Older Adults - Betsy Gough-DiJulio and Raymond M. Leinbach(V12#3)
  • Mining the Memories - Jackie Littleton(V12#3)
  • Museum to Memory - Jackie Littleton(V12#3)
  • Knowing When to Go - Jackie Littleton(V12#3)
  • Blind People Can See Your Collection, Janice Majewski(V1#1)
  • Special Needs Require Specialized Teaching, Peggy Marshall (V1#4)
  • Attending to Special Audiences, Alan Gartenhaus (V2#4)
  • Speaking with an E.S.L. Class, Louanna Emery(V2#4)
  • Providing for Foreign Visitors, Jackie Littleton(V2#4)
  • Interpreting with Deaf Audiences, Amanda Park(V2#4)
  • Outreach for Audiences with Special Needs, Kim Milliken & Isabelle Rosenbaum(V6#1)
  • Tours for People with Disabilities, Cate O’Hara(V6#2)
  • Linguistically Diverse Audiences, Jackie Littleton(V10#1)
  • Disruptive Audiences, Gloria Perry(V2#1)
  • Taming the Maddening Crowds, Mark Howell(V3#4)
  • Those Annoying Audiences, Christine Cave(V4#4)
  • Teaching Tough Groups, Christine Cave (V5#3)
  • Insights into Art: One Museum’s Approach, Carol Wyrick(V1#1)
  • Questioning Modern Art, Danielle Rice(V1#3)
  • Learning Through Art, Beth B. Schneider(V2#2)
  • Skeptical Visitors in the Art Museum, Ellen J. Henry(V2#4)
  • Interpreting Portraits: The Attributes Game, Ray Williams (V4#1)
  • Walking through Outdoor Installations - Dr. Miriam Johnson (V10#4)
  • Architect as Artifact, Meggett Lavin (V3#1)
  • Handling the Past, Cynthia Bedell(V3#2)
  • Teaching History to Younger Students, Leisa M. Brown(V4#1)
  • Touchstones to the Past, Sherill E. Hatch & Hilarie M. Hicks (V4#3)
  • Teaching with a Living Collection, Ann Wheeler(V1#1)
  • Teaching and Space Technology, Darlene Ahalt(V1#4)
  • Typical Science and Technology Topics, North Carolina Museum of Life and Science(V3#1)
  • Botany on a Lower Level, Deborah Keane and Alisa Leung (V3#2)
  • Science, Young Children, and the Museum Environment, Laura Lundy-Paine (V3#2)
Skill Building
  • Words that Promote Understanding, Alan Gartenhaus(V1#2)
  • Listening, Susan Miner (V1#2)
  • Discipline, Jackie Littleton (V1#2)
  • Communicating with Teachers, Jackie Littleton(V4#1)
  • Refining Your Communication Skills, Alan Gartenhaus (V5#3)
  • Communicating at Age Level, Margaret Love (V5#3)
  • Just a Little Respect, Claudia J. Nicholson(V5#3)
  • Listening Means More than Hearing Clearly, Janice Majewski (V5#3)
  • Using Humor to Communicate, Jackie Littleton(V5#3)
  • Body Language Spoken Here, Carol Thurston(V8#2)
  • Improving Your Public Speaking Skills, Laura Silver(V9#1)
  • Communication Skills are Key - Alan Gartenhaus(V12#2)
  • Telling Stories, Clare Cuddy (V1#2)
  • Storytelling: A Hands-On-The-Mind Teaching Technique, Bev Twillmann (V8#2)
  • Storytelling Ignites Experience, Bev Twillmann(V9#4)
  • Storytelling: Invoking the Muse - Liz Warren, Kathy Eastman, and Sandy Oglesby(V13#1)
  • Searching for Similarities, Jackie Littleton (V2#1)
  • Crafting a Tour, Alan Gartenhaus (V5#1)
  • Transitions: The Workhorse of a Tour, Kathy French(V5#1)
  • Using Transitions to Teach Touring, Anna Johnson (V5#1)
  • A Guided Research Program Asks the Right Questions, Kristin Gallas (V9#2)
  • Adding Flare to Guided Tours, Rachel Yahn(V9#4)
  • Thinking Outside the Box, Roca L. Harding (V9#4)
  • Finding and Using “Clear Proofs of Ability,” Jackie Littleton (V9#4)
  • Weaving Artifacts into Stories, Sandy Osborne (V9#4)
  • Energizing Your Tours! - Jennifer Blacke (V12#1)
  • Library Research, Jeannette Dixon & William Howze(V1#4)
  • Creating a Lesson Plan, Alan Gartenhaus (V5#1)
  • Building Upon the Gallery Experience, Cynthia W. Connor (V7#1)
  • The Way You Do the Things You Do, Alan Gartenhaus (V7#2)
  • Flexibility Demands a Written Plan, Jackie Littleton(V7#2)
  • Knowing What’s Expected, Roca L. Harding & Lois S. Raphling(V7#2)
  • Teaching with Wordplay, Marla Shoemaker (V7#2)
  • Listen to Learn, Talk to Teach? NOT!!!, Jackie Littleton (V7#2)
  • Continuing Education is the Key, Ruth Copeman (V7#4)
  • Pedagogical Techniques for Being a More Effective Teacher, Alan Gartenhaus (V9#1)
  • Classroom Discipline Techniques that Work!, Jackie Littleton (V9#1)
  • Techniques to Promote Controlled Involvement, Margaret Hast & Leisa Brown (V9#1)
  • Tools in My Educational Arsenal - Mary Peterson(V10#4)
  • Teaching That’s More Engaging, Open, and Fun - Alan Gartenhaus (V11#4)
  • Rubrics: An Evaluation Alternative - Katherine Darr (V12#2)
  • Presenting the Challenge of Expansive Teaching - Alan Gartenhaus (V12#4)
  • Experience is a Powerful Teacher - Alan Gartenhaus (V12#4)
  • Keeping It Fresh - Jackie Littleton Fostering (V12#4)

 Help for Museum Educators

  • Giving Thanks, Alan Gartenhaus(V7#4)
  • Do Rewards Defeat their Purpose, Jackie Littleton(V7#4)
  • Why We Stay. Why We Leave. Bud Johnson(V7#4)
  • Awards that Reward and Build Community, Ruth A. Slavin(V7#4)
  • Get Out of Town! Jackie Littleton(V7#4)
  • Not Getting Burned, Alan Gartenhaus(V7#4)
  • Facing Change, Linda Osmundson (V7#4)
  • Don’t Let “Mission” Blinders Turn Your Path into a Rut - Jackie Littleton (V12#2)

Questions Strategies

  • Giving Thanks, Alan Gartenhaus(V7#4)
  • Do Rewards Defeat their Purpose, Jackie Littleton(V7#4)
  • Why We Stay. Why We Leave. Bud Johnson(V7#4)
  • Awards that Reward and Build Community, Ruth A. Slavin(V7#4)
  • Get Out of Town! Jackie Littleton(V7#4)
  • Not Getting Burned, Alan Gartenhaus(V7#4)
  • Facing Change, Linda Osmundson (V7#4)
  • Don’t Let “Mission” Blinders Turn Your Path into a Rut - Jackie Littleton (V12#2)
Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Using Discipline-Based Art Education, Susan B. Spero(V1#3)
  • Revealing the Spectrum, Alan Gartenhaus(V2#2)
  • Reaching Kids Through Literature, Jackie Littleton(V2#2)
  • Branches, Ties, and New Connections, Inez S. Wolins(V2#2)
  • A Garden Classroom, John Marshall Harris (V2#2)
  • From Document to Drama, Hilarie M. Hicks(V2#3)
  • Students Prepared by DBAE, Nancy Berry (V2#4)
  • Integrating the Arts: From Conclusion to Classroom, Gayle M. Southworth(V5#1)
  • Math and the Museum, Jackie Littleton(V6#2)
  • Highly Productive Fun, Alan Gartenhaus(V7#1)
  • Using Food to Motivate, Jackie Littleton(V7#1)
  • Connecting Words and Art, Sheila James(V7#1)
  • Involving the Senses Makes Sense, Alan Gartenhaus(V8#2)
  • Writing Through the Arts, Tamara Greeman(V10#2)
  • Coming to Our Senses - Alan Gartenhaus(V11#2)
  • Imagery Awakens the Senses - Bev Twillmann(V11#2)
  • Sensing the Desert - Nancy Cutler(V11#2)
  • Art, Questions, and the Five Senses - V. Gwen Weisner (V11#2)
  • A Process-Oriented Approach to Engaging the Senses - Shin Yu Pai (V11#2)
  • Making Sensory Tours Safe - Jackie Littleton(V11#2)
  • Creative Writing Activities and Museum Visitors - Shin Yu Pai (V11#4)

Learning Styles

  • Using Discipline-Based Art Education, Susan B. Spero(V1#3)
  • Revealing the Spectrum, Alan Gartenhaus(V2#2)
  • Reaching Kids Through Literature, Jackie Littleton(V2#2)
  • Branches, Ties, and New Connections, Inez S. Wolins(V2#2)
  • A Garden Classroom, John Marshall Harris (V2#2)
  • From Document to Drama, Hilarie M. Hicks(V2#3)
  • Students Prepared by DBAE, Nancy Berry (V2#4)
  • Integrating the Arts: From Conclusion to Classroom, Gayle M. Southworth(V5#1)
  • Math and the Museum, Jackie Littleton(V6#2)
  • Highly Productive Fun, Alan Gartenhaus(V7#1)
  • Using Food to Motivate, Jackie Littleton(V7#1)
  • Connecting Words and Art, Sheila James(V7#1)
  • Involving the Senses Makes Sense, Alan Gartenhaus(V8#2)
  • Writing Through the Arts, Tamara Greeman(V10#2)
  • Coming to Our Senses - Alan Gartenhaus(V11#2)
  • Imagery Awakens the Senses - Bev Twillmann(V11#2)
  • Sensing the Desert - Nancy Cutler(V11#2)
  • Art, Questions, and the Five Senses - V. Gwen Weisner (V11#2)
  • A Process-Oriented Approach to Engaging the Senses - Shin Yu Pai (V11#2)
  • Making Sensory Tours Safe - Jackie Littleton(V11#2)
  • Creative Writing Activities and Museum Visitors - Shin Yu Pai (V11#4)

Visual Literacy

  • Intended versus Discerned Meaning, Betsy Gough-DiJulio(V4#3)
  • Giving Objects Their Voice, Sandra Mackenzie Lloyd (V4#3)
  • Object Literacy, Sally Leahy (V4#3)
  • Finding a New Vantage Point, Ann M. Meehan (V4#3)
  • An Object Lesson, Susan Miner(V4#3)
  • The “A,B, C’s” of Reading Objects, Jackie Littleton(V4#3)
  • Teaching That’s More Engaging, Open, and Fun - Alan Gartenhaus (V11#4)
  • Time to Change an Object-Based Tour … Now What? - Jennifer Masengarb (V11#4)
  • Reinforcing Object-Based Learning - Karen Janovy (V11#4)
  • A New Life for Old Objects - Kristin Gallas (V11#4)
  • Taking Aim at a Moving Target - Jackie Littleton (V11#4)

Interpretive Strategies

  • Themes are Substance not Style, Alan Gartenhaus (V3#1)
  • Audience-Based Thematic Art Tours, Lynn Beck & Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V3#1)
  • Using Quotations as a Theme, Jamie Credle (V3#1)
  • The Hidden Theme, Danielle Rice (V3#1)
  • The Thematic Tour, Daniel Arcand (V3#1)
  • Subjectivity and Interpretation, Alan Gartenhaus (V4#3)
  • The Bard on Interpretation, Mark Howell (V6#2)
  • “What’s It To You?”, Alan Gartenhaus (V7#3)
  • Constructing Meaning in Museums, Jackie Littleton (V7#3)
  • Re-Interpreting the Whole-House School Tour, Terry Zeller (V7#3)
  • A Hands-Down Winner in Hands-On Education, Teresa Bullock (V8#2)
  • Reach Out and Teach, Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V8#2)
  • A Framework for Organizing Theme-Based, Inquiry Tours, Robyn Murgio (V9#2)

Programming

  • Powerful Programs, Jackie Littleton(V3#1)
  • Constructing School Programs, Susan Miner (V4#1)
  • Staying a Step Ahead, Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V4#1)
  • New School Year’s Resolutions, Marla K. Shoemaker (V4#1)
  • Notes on Gallery Teaching, Lynn Pearson Russell (V4#4)
  • Off to a Great Start, Susan Miner(V5#1)
  • Taking Education on the Road, Alan Gartenhaus (V6#1)
  • Designing an Outreach Program, Trish Pfeifer & Ellen Henry (V6#1)
  • Building Bridges of Trust, Tamsin Wolff (V6#1)
  • Playing by Someone Else’s Rules, Jackie Littleton (V6#1)
  • Learning from Others, Alan Gartenhaus(V8#1)
  • A Museum in the Making, Jackie Littleton(V8#1)
  • Developing School Programs, Nina Carlson (V8#3)
  • Talking the Talk, Alan Gartenhaus(V9#4)
  • When Targeting Programs, Take Aim!, Alan Gartenhaus (V10#1)
  • Creative Solutions to “Standards of Learning,” Anna Gibson Holloway & Betsy Browne (V10#1)
  • Touring the Public - “Come One, Come All,” Alan Gartenhaus (V10#3)
  • Don’t Depend on the Kindness of Strangers, Jackie Littleton (V10#3)
  • Revamping, Researching, and Reciting Focus Tours, Alyson B. Stanfield (V10#3)
  • The Challenges of Creating and Running a Large, Outdoor Educational Program - Sandy Osborne (V12#4)
  • A Study in Developing a Multi-Visit Program - Mary Carolyn Voght (V13#1)
Evaluation
  • Why, How, and When to Evaluate, Alan Gartenhaus (V6#4)
  • Putting Evaluation First, Jackie Littleton (V6#4)
  • Evaluating … The Key to Excellent Programs, Gail Potter & Phyllis Greenberg (V6#4)
  • Portfolios Offer a Better Perspective, Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V6#4)
  • Confessions of an Evaluator, Jane Anne Young (V6#4)
  • Team Evaluations, Jackie Littleton (V6#4)
  • All’s Well that Ends Well, Alan Gartenhaus(V10#2)
  • Tour Evaluations - Taking a Collaborative Approach to Following Up, Roca Harding, Marlyse Kennedy, & Lois Raphling (V10#2)
Museum/School Collaboration
  • Museums and Schools Developing Intelligences Together, Cleta Booth (V5#2)
  • Doing Schools Right!, Alan Gartenhaus (V8#3)
  • A Picture Perfect Partnership, Susan Plumb (V8#3)
  • Packing Trunks with Learning, Elizabeth J. Mouw (V8#3)
  • Be Our Guest, Elizabeth J. Nosek (V8#3)
  • Collaborative Programs that Personalize Learning - Susan Bass Marcus (V11#3)
Controversy
  • Tackling Tough Topics, Alan Gartenhaus (V2#3)
  • Staying Cool with Hot Issues, Marianna Adams & Cynthia Lee Moreno
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  • Interpreting a Time of Slavery, Sheryl Kingery (V2#3)
  • Teaching Evolution, Rebecca L. Smith (V2#3)
  • Giving Girls and Even Break, Jackie Littleton (V2#3)
  • The Naked Truth, Marla Shoemaker (V2#3)
  • Difficult Subjects at the Zoo, Terry O’Conner (V2#3)
  • Art that Offends! Does it Belong in our Museums?, Teresia Bush (V5#2)
  • When Visitors Get It Wrong, Alan Gartenhaus (V6#3)
  • Red Flags for Historic House Museums, Jamie Credle (V6#3)
  • Teaching in the Curatorial Wake, Claudia J. Nicholson (V6#3)
  • The More the Merrier?, Ellen J. Henry & Trish Pfeifer (V6#3)
  • Easing the Anxiety, Deena M. Pinales (V6#3)
  • Crossing Cultural Boundaries, Caroline Hagan (V6#3)
  • Interpreting World War II, Kristin M. Szylvian (V7#3)
Technology
  • Videos Boost Blockbusters, Barbara Nichols & Katina Simmons (V3#4)
  • Virtual Un-reality … A Cautionary Tale, Jackie Littleton (V5#2)
  • For Better or Worse…, Alan Gartenhaus (V8#4)
  • Taking Distance Out of Learning, Susan Longhenry (V8#4)
  • Technology in Art Museums, Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V8#4)
  • We Still Need the Teacher, Jackie Littleton (V8#4)
  • Audio Guides: Must They be a Menace? - J. Marshall Adams (V12#2)

Culture

  • Connecting with Multi-Cultural Audiences, Tamra Carboni(V1#2)
  • Teaching about Cultural Heritage, Alan Gartenhaus (V1#4)
  • A Cultural Legacy, Judy Godfrey & Nancy Reynolds (V2#2)
  • Cultural Education, Kathryn Mettelka (V3#1)
  • “Truths” that are Self-Evident, Alan Gartenhaus (V4#2)
  • Building Bridges, Jean Linsner (V4#2)
  • Multicultural Perspectives at the Zoo, Marta Gore(V4#2)
  • The Community as Teacher, Bruce Iwamoto (V4#2)
  • Oyate Tawicoh’an (The Ways of the People), Claudia J. Nicholson (V4#2)
  • The Birth of American English, Kenneth D. Hartsoe (V4#2)
  • Helping Children See Through Bias, Jackie Littleton (V4#2)
  • Culture: A Theme that Bridges Differences, Mary Elizabeth Crary (V9#1)
  • “Thank You” can be More than Good Manners, Jackie Littleton (V10#2)

Program Case Studies

  • The American Museum in Britain, Christina Parker(V8#1)
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Georgina de Alba (V8#1)
  • Museum of Contemporary History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Helena von Wersebe (V8#1)
  • The Chicago Architecture Foundation, Barbara Hrbek (V8#1)
  • Storm King Art Center, Wayne Lempka (V8#1)
  • Making a 4,050-Ton Ship “Child-Friendly,” Kristin L. Gallas(V10#1)
  • “Artstars” Bring young Visitors Back, Miya Elizabeth Bernson (V10#2)
  • Using Case Studies to Meet Challenges in Museums, Galleries, and other Sites -M. Christine Castle, Ph.D. (V12#4)
Edu-tainment
  • “Special” Exhibitions, Alan Gartenhaus (V3#4)
  • Blockbusters Present Special Problems for Teachers, Jackie Littleton (V3#4)
  • Mastering Blockbusters, Ann M. Moore (V3#4)
  • Food for Thoughts - Alan Gartenhaus(V10#4)
  • Learning from the “Roadshow” - Jackie Littleton(V10#4)
  • Let Us Entertain You? - Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V10#4)
Other
  • “Special” Exhibitions, Alan Gartenhaus (V3#4)
  • Blockbusters Present Special Problems for Teachers, Jackie Littleton (V3#4)
  • Mastering Blockbusters, Ann M. Moore (V3#4)
  • Food for Thoughts - Alan Gartenhaus(V10#4)
  • Learning from the “Roadshow” - Jackie Littleton(V10#4)
  • Let Us Entertain You? - Betsy Gough-DiJulio (V10#4)

About Alan Gartenhaus

Alan Gartenhaus is a museum educator whose career has spanned over 40 years. He has worked in museums all over the United States. He is a recipient of the Alden B. Dow Fellowship for his work relating to museum use and creative thinking. As a teacher and education specialist for the Smithsonian Institution he earned their Award for Meritorious Service to honor his work building programmatic bonds between museums and school systems in communities across the US. Gartenhaus is also the author of Minds in Motion: Using Museums to Expand Creative Thinking, Start Exploring: Masterpieces of American Art from the National Museum of American Art and Questioning Art: An Inquiry Approach to Teaching Art Appreciation. Gartenhaus is now retired and living in Hawaii.

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