Graduate museum studies curricula: meeting the needs of the field

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dc.contributor Bonner, Judy L.
dc.contributor Holley, Karri A.
dc.contributor Ireland, Lynne M.
dc.contributor Urban, Wayne J.
dc.contributor.advisor Katsinas, Stephen G.
dc.contributor.author Bomar, William Frank
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:26:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:26:10Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000906
dc.identifier.other Bomar_alatus_0004D_11067
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1400
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The goal of this study was to assess how graduate museum studies programs are meeting the current and anticipated future needs of the museum profession. A comprehensive assessment was conducted to determine the knowledge and skills most emphasized in graduate museum studies curricula and those most valued by leading museum practitioners. A total of 38 leading practitioners were surveyed, from lists of board members of the American Association of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History from 1991-2010. Responses were compared to those provided by a total of 32 program chairs from the 54 graduate museum studies programs across the United States. The survey took the International Council of Museums' International Committee for the Training of Personnel competencies comparing the responses of the two groups on 65 items in addition to collecting open-ended responses. This study identified the professional personnel needs of the museum profession and found that graduate museum studies programs are meeting the needs well. For every one of the 65 competencies evaluated, museum studies program chairs indicated that their students reach a level of mastery at least as high as the level expected by museum leaders. Furthermore, two-thirds (67%) of museum leaders represented in this study believe that graduate museum studies programs are appropriate preparation for entering the museum field. This study also found that for entry-level museum professionals, museum leaders value skills and knowledge related to museum administration and the public dimension of museums over skills and knowledge related to collections management and care. The 20 competencies most valued by museum leaders included none of the 18 information and collections management and care competencies. The two highest rated competencies by museum leaders were interpersonal relationships and professionalism with median scores of 4.0 indicating a high level of knowledge or ability is expected. This study found some differences between what is most valued by museum leaders and what is most emphasized in graduate museum studies curricula. In particular, financial management, information technology, and public program communications are most valued by museum leaders but are not among the competencies most emphasized in museum studies curricula.
dc.format.extent 302 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Museum studies
dc.subject.other Higher education
dc.subject.other Arts management
dc.title Graduate museum studies curricula: meeting the needs of the field
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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