When Art Meets Research: Promoting a Quality Toddler Program

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
276 America's Center
Description
During Toddler Thursdays, museum educators encourage participants to engage in hands-on art making, listen to a story read aloud, and view a featured artwork. An initiative to improve the accessibility and quality of family programs led to a conversation between museum staff and university researchers. Funded by grant support, researchers evaluated the program through various methods and provided recommendations. The presenters will share the evaluation outcomes, challenges and successes from their ongoing process, and insights on quality improvement through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Gain knowledge on effective and developmentally appropriate educational practices for young learners and families at the museum.
  2. Understand the importance of evaluation and collaboration to improve the accessibility and quality of family engagement programs.
  3. Be inspired by the collaboration of the museum-university partnership and documented implementation of research-to-practice.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Kyong Ah Kwon
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Associate Professor
Bio
Kyong-Ah Kwon, Ph.D. is currently working as an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. She received her doctoral degree in Developmental Science at Purdue University. She is a dedicated researcher and teacher educator who has an expertise in child development, early childhood education, parenting, and program evaluation.
Presenter: 
Meghan Welch
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Postdoctoral Research Assoc
Organization: 
Georgia State University
Bio
Meghan M. Welch, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral research associate in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University. Her research interests include digital literacies, multimodal learning, and child development. She has recently published articles that discuss digital tools for young children and explore issues of access and participation around technology.
Presenter: 
Nicole Cromartie
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Manager of Family Programs
Organization: 
High Museum of Art
Bio
Nicole Cromartie is the Manager of Family Programs with the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. She has held education positions at numerous arts and culture organizations including The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Visual Understanding in Education, Intersection for the Arts. Nicole earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida and her M.A. in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts.