2003．第18卷第1期（Vol. 18 No. 1）．pp. 5772
The Effectiveness of Artifact Study in Art Museums of Hong Kong: An Evaluation Exercise on Art Museum Experience by Secondary School Students in Local Context
Anne S. H. LAM（林雪虹）
In this evaluation exercise, I would like to investigate how public art museums in Hong Kong use their collections to stimulate and motivate students to learn through artifact study. Five galleries with permanent display of artifacts in the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum were selected as testing places in this research. Pre- and post-visit questionnaires were designed for individual gallery to assess to what extent the students in this study could be stimulated and motivated to learn through visiting the five galleries. In-depth interviews in the form of focus group discussion were followed up in order to find out how these students learnt from studying of artifact inside museums. From the opinions expressed in the questionnaires and during the focus group discussion session, it was found that these students had definitely learnt something new from their museum visit. However, by comparing the results of the pre- and post-visit questionnaires, evidence of improved learning experience was not obvious, especially for the three galleries inside the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Keywords: artifact study; museum education; evaluation