Recognising that young children benefit from learning beyond classroom, education authorities in Hong Kong increasingly encourage schools to make use of community resources for life-wide learning. Museums have great potential to support schools to widen the learning space, generate rich learning experiences, provoke thoughts, and stimulate learners to explore further on matters of interest. Until recently, there was no systematic understanding of young children's visits in Hong Kong museums. To overcome the paucity of knowledge, a survey was conducted to investigate the scope of preschool children's participation in these cultural institutions. The findings indicate that there is extensive use of museums by the early childhood education sector, especially for 5 to 6-year-olds, and these visits are mainly curriculum-related. While preschools generally appreciate the wealth of knowledge of museum guides, they are also concerned about their lack of understanding of the interests, needs and abilities of young children. The findings offer insights into the next possible direction. Copyright © 2008 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Journal||Hong Kong Journal of Early Childhood|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2008|