Listening to young children's voices in museum spaces

Year: 2006

Author: Kelly, Lynda, Main, Sarah, Dockett, Sue, Perry, Bob, Heinrich, Sarah

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Increased opportunities to engage with young children in meaningful ways and significant changes in conceptual and theoretical views of young children have resulted in heightened interest in understanding children’s perspectives on their experiences. Museums are cultural institutions, representing the societies in which they exist. In many contexts, children’s voices have been absent in the evaluation and planning of museum spaces developed for them. This project recognizes children as experts on their own experiences and seeks their views on a museum space specifically designed for them. It provides opportunities for children to consider their understandings and impressions of that space, data about how they perceive and interact in the space and how they would change the space.