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University Students in the Museum: A Program Evaluation of the Spencer Museum Student Advisory Board
Rome, Nicole Renee

2012, Master of Arts, Ohio State University, Art Education.
Designing and implementing programs for undergraduate students is one of the biggest challenges for university museums, due to a number of factors. In this thesis, I examined and evaluated one university program as a case study. The Spencer Student Advisory Board (SSAB) focused on connecting student to the museum through programs and events, giving students insight into the museum field, and expanding their knowledge of art and art historical issues in a social way. My overall research question was how has the SSAB impacted participants? I also had two sub-questions, which were if the mission and program objectives of the organization are being fulfilled and what areas are most memorable for participants/ what aspects of the organization need improvement. I approached my research from a social constructivist perspective in order to investigate how participants were impacted by the social nature of the organization. Through my research methods of interviews, a questionnaire and observations, I attempted to portray a holistic representation of the organization, including a brief history of the Spencer Museum of Art. I also examined the history of the SSAB, including the formation of the organization, major events, and organizational objectives and goals. My data showed that most participants were already pursuing artistic areas, such as fine art, art history or graphic design, thus making them already aware of museum practice and arts issues. I investigated participants’ motivation for joining the organization, which was organized into three categories: museum experience, personal interest and volunteer experience. My data analysis is concluded by how participants felt they were impacted by the organization, which was also organized into three categories: career development, expanding their knowledge of the museum field, and enhancing their leadership skills. In my conclusion section, I re-examined my data from a social constructivist perspective and discussed limitations of my project and further research ideas.
Dr. Vesta Daniel (Advisor)
Dr. Margaret Wyszomirski (Committee Member)
106 p.

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