The impact of museum educational programme on audience: The case of selected Ghanaian museums

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Museum as an educational institution has made a tremendous impact in the service towards society. Their major purpose is to provide their audience with a remarkable experience, yet some museums barely assess the impact of their services on their audience. This situation is not different in some Ghanaian museums and this makes it impossible for Ghanaian museums to improve on their educational programmes for better impact on their audience. This initiated the investigation into the impact of museum educational programmes on its audience. The research questions needed to solve the problem were; what is the nature of the educational programmes museums provide for their audience and the challenges facing them? How can the generic learning outcome model be used to investigate the impact of educational programmes of the museums? To get answers to these research questions, the mixed method approach was used for the study. Questionnaires and interview guide were the main data collection instruments for the study. Also, participant observation of the educational programmes were helpful to the study. The study found that there were some irregularities in the way educational programmes were organized in the selected museums. It is however concluded that the anomalies in the educational programmes organized by the selected museums is as a result of lack of museum education officers and educational framework. The museums in question should employ museum education officers to help in the educational programmes and also the Ghana Museums and Monument Board should design an educational framework to be used by all museums in Ghana in other to improve upon their educational programmes
A thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award Degree of Master of Philosophy in African Art and Culture.
Museum Educational P, Audience