Summer School: How to be a Steward for the Visitor Learning Process: Strategies for Facilitating Meaning Making

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • We are waiving individual session fees for those whose current financial situation requires it. To access this benefit, please use the registration code COVID19.

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As educational institutions, museums are stewards of the visitor learning process, responsible for encouraging individual cognitive growth by facilitating new discoveries, nurturing discussion, and offering opportunities for reflection. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will leave with a greater understanding of how visitors learn in museums as well as concrete techniques for supporting visitor learning processes.

Museum educator Lisa Marcinkowski June will begin the workshop with a brief explanation of the learning processes that all adults engage in during their visits to history museums, namely recalling, meaning making, and puzzling. Participants will learn why each process is critical to the formation of long-term learning, as well as how they relate to each other. Marcinkowski June will share data from her dissertation research that illustrates what these different processes look and sound like coming from museum visitors.

After the overview, Rebecca Taber-Conover, Head of Public Programs and History Day at Connecticut’s Old State House, will lead a discussion on strategies for supporting these visitor learning processes during programs, guided tours, and other forms of interpretation. The primary audience for this workshop would be those involved in education and interpretation. However, anyone interested in understanding and facilitating the learning process in museum visitors is welcome.  


  • Lisa Marcinkowski June, PhD Candidate in Adult Learning, UCONN
  • Rebecca Taber-Conover, Head of Public Programs and History Day, Connecticut's Old State House

Lisa Marcinkowski June     Rebecca Taber-Conover

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Zoom Information: Registrants will receive the Zoom webinar information via email prior to the event.

Connecticut League of Museums
Central Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of History
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674

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