The Importance of Visitor-focused Educational Programming for Special Needs Access in Museums

By Rajka Bračun Sova.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Education and learning are core activities of museums and a growing emphasis is being placed on effective educational programming, tailored to the particular requirements of disabled museum learners. Museums strive to provide inclusive educational activities which engage museum learners, with and without disabilities, by incorporating multi-modal approaches. In 2009, on behalf of the Slovenian Museums Association, a national survey of educational provision for disabled users of Slovenian museums and galleries was conducted. The survey addressed educational programming and teaching methods for visitors with physical, sensory, speech and language impairments, visitors with learning difficulties, visitors with mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties, visitors with long-term illness, and those with multiple impairments. The findings of the research emphasize the importance of visitor-focused educational programming, along with the need for development of museum profession in the field of learning and education.

Keywords: Museum Education, Disabled People, Special Needs Educational Programming, Special Needs Teaching Strategies

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.39-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 657.242KB).

Rajka Bračun Sova

Independent Cultural Educator and Curator, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Rajka Bračun Sova graduated in art history at the University of Ljubljana and obtained her master’s degree in museum and gallery management at the City University London. She works as an independent cultural educator and curator with particular interest in museum education. In 2009 she collaborated with the Slovenian Museums Association to conduct a national survey of educational provision for disabled users of museums and galleries. She is the editor of The Slovenian Third Age University and Museums, Hand in Hand: Education for the Understanding and Introduction of Older Voluntary Cultural Mediators’ Practice in Slovenian Museums (2009) and co-author (with Mojca Lipec Stopar and Vlasta Vodeb) of The Accessible Museum: Guidelines for Good Practice (2009), both in Slovenian. She has recently undertaken a research study programme at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education.

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