Community Ecology: Museum Education and the Digital Divide During and After COVID-19

Rachel Zollinger, Carissa DiCindio

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Abstract

This article considers the inequities of digital museum programming during the COVID-19 pandemic and their alignment with audiences historically excluded from access to STEAM learning opportunities, primarily communities with low incomes and people of color. We employ an ecosystem framework to assert the critical role museums can play within communities to address these issues during and after pandemic circumstances. We describe a case study from a STEAM-oriented children’s museum where staff provided out-of-school-time learning through reciprocal and collaborative community partnerships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-492
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Museum Education
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • access
  • community
  • COVID-19
  • Digital divide
  • ecosystem
  • museums
  • STEAM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Museology

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