Visitor Studies

Authored by: Susan Foutz , Jill Stein

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ELIS4-120044034

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Abstract

The field of visitor studies seeks to document and understand the experiences and outcomes of visitors to museums and other informal educational settings. Both research and evaluation studies help to inform what we know about visitors to these settings and the impacts of their visits. This entry explores the theoretical foundations, goals and objectives of the field, commonly used research methodologies, and what we have learned about visitors in museum-like settings.

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