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T
he survey highlight publication,
True Needs,True Partners 2002,
can be viewed at: http://www.imls.gov/
pubs/pdf/m-ssurvey.pdf
For more information about the Institute
of Museum and Library Services, visit:
http://www.imls.gov
to support school curriculum standards
and that museums are increasingly using
new technologies to improve access to
their resources: 72% use Websites for edu-
cational programming, 58% e-mail teachers
and 24% e-mail students directly.
E
ducational activities offered by muse-
ums include field trips for school
groups (77%), museum staff visits to
schools (54%), teacher training (32%),
resource kits at school sites (34%) and
travelling exhibits (17%).
I
MLS Director Dr Robert
Martin said, "Museums are
no longer depositories of the
past, but are centres of learning.
The resources that they bring to
school partnerships provide
unique object-based and visual
learning opportunities that help
schools meet their learning
objectives. IMLS wants every
child to have access to museums
and libraries, to encourage a
love of discovery and learning
that they can return to again
and again in their lives."
U
S museums from art galleries to zoos
commit more than a billion dollars
and over 18 million instructional hours
annually to providing learning programmes
for schoolchildren under 12.
A
recent study by the Institute of
Museum and Library Services (the
primary source of federal grants for muse-
ums and libraries) found that median edu-
cational programming costs increased
four-fold, from 3% of the total budget in
1995 to 22,500 (12% of budget) in 2001.
T
he Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS) study shows that
museums present educational programmes
in core school subjects that are reaching an
increasing number of teachers and pupils.
By surveying more than 15,000 museums
of all sizes, types and locations, the IMLS
study found that, in 2000-01, nearly 70%
of responding museums said the number
of schools, students and teachers they serve
had grown in the past five years.
T
he survey also found that 71% of
museums work with curriculum spe-
cialists to tailor educational programming
RECENT STUDY SHOWS GROWTH IN EDUCATIONAL LINKS FOR US MUSEUMS
Social Studies
(26,00%)
Art
(14,00%)
Language Art
(13,00%)
Science
(13,00%)
Math
(9,00%)
Music
(7,00%)
Foreign Language
(3,00%)
Dance
(3,00%)
Other
(12,00%)