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The typologies of cognitive dissonance and the self-guided adult visitor : assessing interpretive aids in a fine arts museum

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The typologies of cognitive dissonance and the self-guided adult visitor : assessing interpretive aids in a fine arts museum

Dubé, Lise M (1998) The typologies of cognitive dissonance and the self-guided adult visitor : assessing interpretive aids in a fine arts museum. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Cognitive dissonances can occur when self-guided visitors confront art works in museums which do not agree with their previously held cognitions. As a result, visitors can experience frustration and anxiety because they are unable to find immediate sources through which they can resolve their dissonances. Recently, there has been increased interest by museum educators to develop and place multi-media interpretive aids directly in gallery spaces to better assist the high percentage of visitors who circulate through museums unsupported by planned programs and tours. After reviewing the Typologies of Dissonance and the interpretive aids currently in place in a Fine Arts Museum, this study examines whether or not these aids are able to assist in the resolution of visitors dissonances and thereby promote learning through the acquisition of new experiences and/or knowledge.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Dubé, Lise M
Pagination:viii, 119 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art Education
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Wetzl-Fairchild, Andrea
ID Code:490
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:12
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:14
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