Foreword by: Kevin K. Kumashiro
Publication Date: January 24, 2020
Series: School : Questions
Museums are public resources that can offer rich extensions to classroom educational experiences, from tours through botanical gardens to searching for family records in the archives of a local historical society. With clarity and a touch of humor, Quinn presents ideas and examples of ways that teachers can use museums to support student exploration while also teaching for social justice. Topics include disability and welcoming all bodies, celebrating queer people’s lives and histories, settler colonialism and decolonization, fair workplaces, Indigenous knowledge, and much more. This practical resource invites classroom teachers to rethink how and why they are bringing students to museums and suggests projects for creating rich museum-based learning opportunities across an array of subject areas.
Therese Quinn is an associate professor and director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“It is with this brilliant new book by Therese Quinn that I have gained an entirely different framework for seeing and experiencing and valuing museums, particularly as vital resources for social-justice movement building.”
—From the Foreword by Kevin Kumashiro, Kevin Kumashiro Consulting, and author of Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture
“Therese Quinn’s book is a perfect example of scholarship in practice. Quinn contemplates some of the foundational themes related to (in)justice in a manner that interweaves theory, practice-based knowledge, and applicable suggestions. Quinn’s fluent and accessible writing, structured around 10 essential questions, acknowledges the need to be cautious and critical of our current educational and museum practices and encourages the reader to become active in building more ethical, collective, and inclusive practices.”
—Anniina Suominen, associate professor of art pedagogy, School of Art, Design & Architecture, Aalto University