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Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education
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Anne S.H. LAM
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Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
In this evaluation exercise, I would like to explore the effectiveness of various regular public programs provided by local art-related museums in terms of its educational values and methodologies.  To determine the effectiveness of them, standardized questionnaires were designed to participants of six types of museum education programs: 1) guided tours; 2) workshops; 3) demonstrations; 4) lectures; 5) audio guides; and 6) art video programs. Qualitative research such as participant observation was also developed during the process of various selected activities provided by museums.  With few exceptions, it was found that more than half of the sample visitors found the provision of public programs inside museums were good and sufficient, the level was just right and the supplementary materials were partly useful.  They could also help to increase their knowledge in art history and enhance their level in art appreciation.  Their expectation of learning new knowledge therefore had been met to certain extent and the educational values of these programs therefore were high.  However, the effectiveness of methodologies in delivery of various public programs is debatable and the reasons behind this finding in terms of their educational methodologies would be discussed.
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