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Educational Research

Asian Art Museum Research

Bridge Program Summative Report (2015)
The purpose of this summative evaluation study was to collect data from teachers about use of the website, how it compares to other resources for arts education and teaching about Asia, current comfort levels for teaching about Asia, and the current quality of on-site school and teacher programs, to determine the extent to which the project was meeting its goals. 

Baseline Visitor Experience Study Summary of Key Findings (2015)
The Asian Art Museum is undertaking a process to examine and rethink its interpretive approaches in the galleries. In order to make more informed decisions about the ways in which we engage visitors with art, the museum commissioned a Baseline Visitor Experience Study. This study was designed to help the museum understand and learn from how visitors experience the museum. It included their perceptions from before they step in the door, to how they navigate the space, to how they react to and interact with the art and the interpretive tools offered. The museum staff worked with Audience Viewpoints Consulting to design and conduct the study, which took place over the course of four months in 2013.

Bridge Program Remedial Report (2013)
The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the Asian Art Museum's education website ( to ensure the museum's resources on Asian art and culture are accessible and relevant to teachers for use in the classroom. This evaluation was prepared by Audience Viewpoints Consulting.

Bridge Program Evaluation: Phase 1 Baseline Report (2010)
A teacher needs assessment commissioned by the Asian Art Museum and written in a collaboration between Dana Powell Russell, Ed.D., Independent Evaluation Consultant, and the Institute for Learning Innovation. This research gave the museum a broad understanding through an online survey and focus groups of teacher needs for curriculum and programs on Asian art and culture, and how the Asian Art Museum's current materials and programs are perceived and used by the K-12 community. The study is helping the museum strengthen the reach, usability, and impact of its educational programs and resources through its Bridge Program. Interim and summative data will also be collected as the Bridge Program unfolds, with the intent of measuring progress against the baseline results and toward program goals and objectives.

Additional Research

Asia in the Schools: Preparing Young Americans for Today’s Interconnected World (2001)
New York's Asia Society analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of current teaching and learning about Asian and Asian American topics in K-12 schools. This study showed a significant gap between what Americans think they need to know about Asia and the resources made available to schools to support this learning. The report did note that cultural institutions like museums can make a positive impact on promoting the study of Asia in schools and provide rich materials for teaching about Asia.

True Needs True Partners: Museums Serving Schools (2001)
A study published by IMLS provides highlights from their 2000/2001 survey of 367 museums across the country. The report found that partnerships between museums and schools are increasing—by 70% over the past 5 years—and that the museums surveyed have cumulatively spent over one billion dollars on K-12 education programs over the online survey period. The report also shows that museums realize the importance of curriculum alignment and are providing more educator resources and developing more programs that support curriculum standards

2009 Art Museum Education Programs Survey Report (2009) conducted an online survey with 85 art museums and documented the breadth of education programs offered by these institutions. The research found that every museum surveyed provided K-12 programs beyond a school tour with 86% offering programming materials [84% pre-visit/65% post-visit], 54% conducting in-school extension programs, and 91% of museums offered teacher training opportunities.

An Unfinished Canvas: Arts Education in California (2006)
A multi-pronged research study—incorporating school surveys, case studies, and statewide data analysis—that culminated in a detailed report describing the state of arts education in California. An Unfinished Canvas concluded that 89% of the state’s K-12 schools fail to offer standards-based course of study in all four arts disciplines—Music, Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance, and that arts facilities and materials are lacking in most schools and that art educator training is limited if not entirely unavailable. The report describes challenges evident from elementary to high school, outlines the disparate access students have to arts education, and recommends to state policy-makers, school/district leaders, and parents an action plan of how to improve this situation.