Supporting Children’s Museums as People-Centered Environments

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Supporting Children’s Museums as People-Centered Environments

A one year research project for the Association of Children's Museums (ACM), funded by Harvard University's Centre on the Developing Child.

The ACM works with more than 400 member organisations located in 48 U.S. states and twenty countries, leveraging the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. ACM’s primary focus is working with and on behalf of these members, ensuring that all ACM activities enrich and advance the community.

Hume will produce content that introduces a new perspective (cognitive neuroscience) to a content area (architecture) that children’s museum professionals may not consider in their effort to design more effective spaces.

By facilitating the sectors pivot towards an evidence base, this project will refocus the purpose of environments designed for children towards behavioural and cognitive outputs that support child development, caregiver-child interaction, and group cohesion.

Project Outputs

  • Webinar for ACM Members that acts as an educational and training resource in pivoting towards a science-based approach.
  • A report that explains the findings of the research and acts as a foundation for further developing ACM’s support towards improving the design and outputs of its member Museums.