Museums As Learning Environments

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Museums as Learning Environments Museums serve as learning environments by providing information about specific subjects through exhibits. People visit museums to learn and experience new information. Every museum is focused on a particular subject, whether that is natural science, history, or culture. One visits a museum based on what one wants to learn about. If a particular person is very interested in the history of Native American’s then he/she will seek out a museum that provides exhibits and information about that subject.
Free-Choice Learning Free-choice learning involves an individual being personally motivated on their own to learn.1 For instance, most of our childhood and early adult lives are spent within school going to class, seminars, and labs from grade to graduate school for some. When individuals go to school, we are there to learn, that is the purpose. There is no sense of choice in the matter. Students are dropped off every day to go to class, learn about different subjects, then to go home with assigned work to continue to learn and
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For the learning environment in museums, object such as these are very important. Objects help show what provided text is trying to interpret. For instance, an exhibit might have the theme of describing a specific natural gem that grows in nature, possible amethyst. The text may describe how it is formed, what properties it holds, and what it looks like. However, a description can only go so far, and subject such as this, especially for a younger age group of visitors, may have a hard time visualizing this beautiful unique gem. Luckily, the museum has an amethyst on display right below the text, thus the link for visitors. Not only are they able to read about this gem, but what they read can be brought into fruition and seen for themselves, right under its

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