|Title||Hands-on, Shoes-off: Multisensory Tools Enhance Family Engagement Within an Art Museum|
|Authors||Eardley, A.F., Dobbin, C., Neves, J. and Ride, P.|
Families with young children typically struggle to engage with traditional art museum environments. This research examined the impact of multisensory tools on family engagement within Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar. Sixty families with at least one child aged 0-11 were observed during two tasks. One task required participants to look at a series of paintings to select their favorite. In another task families were given a toolkit of multisensory items to facilitate interaction with a painting. A semi-structured observational method produced quantitative and qualitative data about participant engagement and intergenerational interaction. Self-rating scores of task enjoyment were also collected. Results indicated that multisensory tools enhance family engagement with museums, artworks and with each other. Results also suggested that word-based interpretation was not necessary. We consider the potential implications of these findings in relation to family programming within art museums and museums more generally.
|Journal citation||21 (1), pp. 79-97|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/10645578.2018.1503873|
|Published||18 Dec 2018|