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Methods for Studying Family Visitors in Art Museums: A cross-disciplinary review of current research

Sterry, P and Beaumont, E 2006, 'Methods for Studying Family Visitors in Art Museums: A cross-disciplinary review of current research' , Museum Management and Curatorship, 21 (3) , pp. 222-239.

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Abstract

This paper examines current trends in family studies research, details the methodological and topical perspectives that are emerging, and reflects on how these findings could be integrated to provide a more coherent approach to researching the leisure, learning and recreational aspects of family visitors to art museums. Research findings from disciplines such as sociology, ethnography, education, design and marketing are of interest to the field of visitor studies, and this paper contributes to the wider research agenda by providing an overview of family research methods from a range of other disciplines, as well as those used within visitor studies. Over the last decade, there has been a growth of research in family learning in science museums, leading to an emerging disciplinary matrix, whilst many aspects of family visits to art museums remain relatively unexplored. The paper discusses the problems of gathering meaningful data from adults and children in family groups, and concludes by suggesting that a challenge for art museums is to learn from what is happening in other areas of cultural research into families, and to develop a framework for research which builds on the methodological strengths and practical experience of robust studies.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
Subjects / Themes > A General Works > AM Museums. Collectors and collecting
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Centre for Media, Art & Design Research and Engagement (MADRE)
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Museum Management and Curatorship
Publisher: Routledge Taylor Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0260-4779
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2007 14:26
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1416

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