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Family touch practices and learning experiences in the museum

Jewitt, C; Price, S; (2019) Family touch practices and learning experiences in the museum. The Senses and Society , 14 (2) pp. 221-235. 10.1080/17458927.2019.1619316.

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Abstract

This paper investigates how family museum visitors crafted learning through interaction with one another and the touch objects of an exhibition. Through a case study of seven families’ interaction, we show how families used touch to bring their interests and resources into dialogue with museum expectations and resources. Using a multimodal approach to analyse observational data, we generate a fine-grained account of differently configured family touch practices and ways of experiencing and knowing objects through their material, sensory tactile and affective qualities. We conclude by highlighting how our findings can inform the design of touch exhibits to support family learning, with attention to engagement, narrative creation, and embodied learning, and point to the paper’s methodological contribution to the analysis of visitor situated real-time interaction and learning in museums.

Type: Article
Title: Family touch practices and learning experiences in the museum
DOI: 10.1080/17458927.2019.1619316
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17458927.2019.1619316
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Touch, Museum, Learning, Family visitors, Case study, Interaction, Multimodal
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074066
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