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Information on how to conceptualize, plan, conduct, and evaluate training activities

About Museum Studies Training and Staff Development

Views from practitioners on issues of curricula, teaching, and frameworks and strategies for instructional programs

Boylan, P.J. “Museum Training in an International Perspective,” in Professionalising the Muses:  The Museum Profession in Motion, ed. P. Van Mensch.  Amsterdam: AHA Books, 1989.


Canadian Museums Human Resource Planning Committee.  People, Survival, Change and Success: A Human Resource Action Strategy for the Canadian Museum Community.  Ottawa: Canadian Museums Association, 1995.  


______. The Workforce of the Future: Competencies for the Canadian Museum Community.  Ottawa: Canadian Museums Association, 1997. 


Cato, Paisley S., et al.  Developing Staff Resources for Managing Collections. Martinsville: Virginia  Museum of Natural History Press, 1996.


Committee on Museum Professional Training


Davis, Joy. Good Intentions / Complex Realities: Perspectives on Continuing Professional Education in Canada’s Museum Sector, 2001.

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Designing Professional Training Opportunities     


Dolak, Jan (ed). Museology at the Beginning of the 3rd Millennium . Brno : Technical Museum Brno, 2009, p. 230. ISBN 978-80-86413-61-7.


ICOM Curricula Guidelines for Museum Professional Development


International Council of Museums / International Committee for the Training of Museum Personnel


Reynolds, Terry R. Training for Entry Level Museum Professionals (a report presented to the Committee on Museum Professional Training / American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., April 2000).


Selected Resources for Developing Museum Studies Curricula       


Scottish Museums Council.  Managing Training and Development in Museums: A Guide.  

Norwich, U.K.: The Stationery Office, 1997.


Sutterfield, Carolyn, ed.  “Investing in People,” ASTC Dimensions, March/April 2000.


Thorburn, Dan.  “Mentoring Strategies for Museums and Museum Workers: Potential Benefits and Risks,” in Muse. March 1999, vol. 16, no. 4. pp. 34 – 37.


White, Tarra. Acquiring Excellence and Equity:  Attracting Students of Color to Graduate Museum Programs.           


Warren, Susanne R., guest ed. “Professional Education,” Spectra, a publication of the Museum Computer Network, Summer/Fall 1999, vol. 26, no. 2.


About Adult Learning and Teaching

A selection of resources on instructional methods and the ways adults learn


Brockett, Ralph G.  Ethical Issues in Adult Education.  New York: Teachers College, Columbia, 1988.


 Brookfield, Stephen.  Developing Critical Thinkers, Challenging Adults to Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1991.


Cranton, Patricia.  Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning:  A Guide for Educators of Adults.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1994.


Diamond, Robert M. Designing and Assessing Courses and Curricula:  A Practical Guide.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998.


Farquharson, Andy. Teaching in Practice, How Professionals Can Work Effectively with Clients, Patients, and Colleagues.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.


Friedman, Alan J.  “Creating an Academic Home for Informal Science Education,” in Public Institutions for Personal Learning: Establishing a Research Agenda.


Houle, C.O. Continuing Learning in the Professions.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1980.


Hunt, E. Stephen, ed. Professional Workers as Learners. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 1992.


Merriam, Sharan B., and Rosemary S. Caffarella.  Learning in Adulthood:  A Comprehensive Guide.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.


Nowlen,  Philip. A New Approach to Continuing Education for Business and the Professions:  The Performance Model.  New York:  NUCEA, American Council on Education and Macmillan, 1987.


Queeney, Donna S. Assessing Needs in Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995.


Queeney, Donna S. and R. Michael Casto, eds. “Interprofessional Collaboration among Professionals of Different Disciplines,” in An Agenda for Action: Continuing Professional Education Focus Group Reports. University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State University, 1990, pp.57–66.


Schon, D.A., ed. The Reflective Turn: Case Studies in and on Educational Practice.  New York: Teachers College Press, 1991.


Sork, T.J. “A Few Potholes on the Road to Salvation: Codes of Ethics in Adult Education,” in Proceedings of the Adult Education Research Conference, no.37.  Tampa: University of South Florida, 1996.


Welton, Michael R., ed. In Defense of the Lifeworld : Critical Perspectives on Adult Learning.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.


Wright, W. Alan. Teaching Improvement Practices Successful Strategies for Higher Education.  Bolton, Mass.: Anker Publishing Company, Inc., 1995.


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