College of Education

Date of Award

Summer 1976

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Pedagogical Studies

First Advisor

Kenneth Smith, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Clyde H. Sprague, Ph.D.


This paper concerns itself with the preparation for the development of a children's hands-on museum. Included is a definition of such a museum, a rationale for this type of museum, organizational considerations of a community museum, four exhibits intended to stimulate and guide children's cognitive processes, and a brief summation. The rationale for this children's museum is derived primarily from Piaget's theory of cognitive developmental psychology. Thus, the exhibits are exemplars of Piagetian curriculum. The organization section emphasizes Guthe's philosophy concerning museum organization.



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