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New Pathways in Visitor Studies
How are new methods or innovations from other fields of study positioned to help informal learning institutions understand their visitors and adapt to provide greater community value?
In visitor studies, we are challenged to respond to a rapidly changing world in order to maintain a current understanding of our visitors and their needs, as well as the field of visitor studies itself. We pursue new pathways in part because of changes within the communities we serve, as demographic shifts and technological advances (among others) require us to think differently about the work we do. We also look for innovative approaches to fostering change within our field, such as becoming more inclusive of other voices or finding ways to leverage our collective impact. New insights and innovations from outside our field can also offer novel ways of looking at learning and learners to support mission-driven institutions like museums, zoos and aquaria. “New Pathways in Visitor Studies” seeks to advance the field by challenging conference speakers and attendees to work creatively and collaboratively to deliver reliable new insights about the experiences of our visitors.
The PAST Innovation Lab is an Education R&D facility based in Columbus, Ohio, and its major goal is improving education by promoting research-driven, transdisciplinary problem-based learning (TPBL). Rooted in the legacy of the larger PAST Foundation, the Innovation Lab brings anthropologists, other researchers, and educators together to support learning experiences at the intersection of formal learning and community. Recent projects include learning labs related to engineering and design, medicine and wellness, energy, agriculture, and digital technology. Meanwhile, the Knowledge Capture division of PAST provides external evaluation services to schools and districts throughout the country, with a culturally relevant mixed methods approach that reflects the Foundation’s overarching strategy of combining Anthropology with STEM to support learners.
Sathya Gopalakrishnan is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics
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2017 VSA Conference
July 18 - 22, 2017