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The leadership practice of museum educators


2011 2011

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Abstract (summary)

This grounded theory study is an examination of the culture, context, conditions and competencies of a set of six museum educators from a large city in the United States. Participants were education department leaders from a variety of museum types, including: A science museum, an ethnic arts museum, a settlement house museum, a children's museum, an aquarium, and a zoo. An analysis of data points to an emerging framework that codifies particular leadership settings and domains of practice for leaders of museum educators. An array of data collections were employed in the study, including: Semi-structured interviews, unstructured observations, written reflections to assigned readings, and professional development workshops. Primary source documents were also analyzed as part of this study. Research suggests that highly skilled leaders of museum educators possess an ability to lead in a variety of settings including leading IN their departments, UP the institutional hierarchy, ACROSS the institution and OUTside the institution. An emerging framework is articulated that includes four domains of leadership practice: The Teaching and Learning Domain, the Political Domain, the Financial Domain and the Operations Domain. Lastly, research suggests that the participants in this study share a common lens through which all their work is done, which is that of the visitor as a learner.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational leadership;
Museum studies
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0730: Museum studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Education; Domains; Educational leadership; Grounded theory; Leadership; Museum educators; Practice
Title
The leadership practice of museum educators
Author
Nolan, Tina R.
Number of pages
191
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
1180
Source
DAI-A 73/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267216762
Advisor
Tafel, Linda S.
Committee member
Munley, Mary Ellen; Rademaker, Linnea; Roberts, Patrick
University/institution
National-Louis University
Department
Educational Leadership
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3498600
ProQuest document ID
926962979
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/926962979
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