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Museum Movement Techniques: How to Craft a Moving Museum Experience

by Shelley Kruger Weisberg
Kinesthetic Learning Consultant, Museum Education

Museum Movement Techniques describes the theory and methods of an original approach using movement to learn about museum objects. By calling on students to express their understanding of exhibits through physical movement and then helping them reflect on their choices, teachers and museum educators can increase the engagement and comprehension of school age children and other kinesthetic learners.

Weisberg weaves practical examples of her own experiences in museum education, including tips on techniques, museum object selection criteria, educational linking, and assessment methods, with the theories and concepts of kinesthetic learning. The accompanying DVD, which demonstrates Weisberg's movement techniques in a variety of museum settings, only adds to value of this powerful handbook for innovative educators.

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About The Author
Shelley Kruger Weisberg is a museum educator with a background in dance education and movement therapy. She received her Master of Education from Lesley University, where she explored the use of movement as a catalyst for learning in museums. Currently, she designs and teaches workshops on museum movement techniques for educators and museum professionals.


"Shelley Weisberg asks museums to think in ways missing since the 1970s. She wants visitors to engage viscerally with objects and to connect physically with the expressive qualities in art. She makes her case well."—Philip Yenawine, Co-Director, Visual Understanding in Education

"Weisberg's approach to interpretation offers important new techniques for both existing and 'harder to reach' audiences, but it is most significant in challenging deep-seated assumptions about how we interpret and why -- particularly our over-reliance on the printed word."—Geoffrey Marsh, Director, Victoria & Albert Theatre Museum

"The techniques she describes can make museum visits vivid and memorable in a whole new way."—William J. Hennessey, President and Director, Chrysler Museum of Art

"Weisberg's technique is well grounded in scholarly theory while remaining a refreshing and effective tool in the hands of individual educators. This work is an inspiring contribution to every educator and docent who seeks to facilitate meaningful engagement between art and audiences."—John S. Welch, Museum Educator-in-Charge, Youth Programs, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"All educators interested in improving the aesthetic sensibility and psychomotor ability of their students should read and apply Shelley Weisberg's excellent Museum Movement Techniques. It would be particularly effective for special groups of gifted or learning disabled students."—Maurice Fisher, Educational Psychologist and Publisher, Gifted Education Press

"Weisberg's book is an informative, joyful, and enthusiastic description of how to use kinesthetic learning in a museum environment to tap into children's wonderful imaginations and amazing energy. Docents and parents alike will find her techniques empowering and children will be delighted by these innovative activities. Her techniques of guiding and encouraging children to connect to artworks through the natural movements of their bodies guarantee a successful, exciting, and memorable learning experience. "—Christine Rowland, Chrysler Museum of Art Docent

"Museum Movement Techniques provides a solid introduction to kinesthetic learning both in theory and practice, putting another arrow in the quiver of essential methods for educators who want to make museums engaging and lively places of learning."—Max A. van Balgooy, Director of Interpretation and Education, National Trust for Historic Preservation

"For decades, museum educators have recognized that effective educational experiences for visitors require more than intellectual engagement. In simple language and through specific examples, Weisberg elucidates how the powerful technique of kinesthetic learning can augment children's engagement and meaning making in museums. Museum educators will find in this volume both practical advice and theoretical grounding for incorporating movement activities into their practice."—George E. Hein, Lesley University

"Addresses a real need that museum educators across all disciplines have in making their collections come to life for young people . . . . I believe that Shelley Weisberg's Museum Movement Techniques will help museum educators craft truly memorable and moving museum experiences."—Anna Holloway, Educational Director, The Mariner's Museum

Table of Contents

Museum Movement Techniques: How to Craft a Moving Museum Experience

bullet Preface
bullet Chapter 1: A Moving Museum Experience
bullet Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundation to MMT
bullet Chapter 3: In the Context of Museum Education
bullet Chapter 4: Snapshots of Learning: A Gallery of MMT Experience
bullet Chapter 5: Moving Forward: Integrating MMT into Museum Education
bullet Appendix A: MMT Workshop
bullet Appendix B: MMT Workshop Evaluation Comments
bullet Appendix C: MMT Museum Survey
bullet Appendix D: MMT Educational Linking

Shelley Kruger Weisberg, a Kinesthetic Learning Consultant, provides consulting services and training workshops
for museum educators, docents and classroom teachers. Museum Movement Techniques (MMT) is an original approach
designed to engage the visitor emotionally, mentally and physically in the process of discovering and creating meaning for
museum objects. MMT allows educators to craft memorable and enjoyable arts integration learning experiences.

© Shelley Kruger Weisberg, 2006 All rights reserved.