Docent Handbook

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The Docent Handbook 2

First published in 2001 and revised in 2017, the Docent Handbook 2 is a valuable resource for docents, guides and interpreters from museums and cultural institutions of all types in the US and Canada. A stimulating and informative "nuts and bolts" manual, the Docent Handbook 2 is useful for new and veteran docents, as well as an important tool for museum educators in their training of docents and guides.

The Docent Handbook 2 updates and expands the original handbook with new sections, material, and additional references to reflect the increasingly diverse audiences for museums, the arrival of our digital world, and evolving tour strategies geared to museums of all kinds. Included are sections on learning styles; seeing or learning from objects; family groups, school groups and serving visitors with special needs; appropriate language and guidelines for current practice in addressing arts and artifacts of indigenous peoples; dealing with problems; technology and the docent; and much more. Examples in the handbook reflect a wide range of museum settings. In addition, the handbook serves as a workbook. Each section in the chapter gives you ideas and best practices as well as space at the end of the chapter to write “Your Personal Notes.”

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How to Order the Handbook

The handbook must be ordered on-line. To make a purchase, please click here.

The price of a single handbook is $30 plus postage. 15% discount for a case of 30 or more handbooks plus postage.

 

 

 

The Docent Handbook 2: Table of Contents

Introduction

 

  1. Foundations
  2. Points of Departure
  3. On Language, or: What's in a Word
  4. Learning Styles
  5. Know Your Audience
  6. On Seeing or Learning from Objects
  7. Asking Questions: Observation-based Touring
  8. Act it Out! Hands-On!
  9. Sensitive Issues
  10. Dealing with Problems
  11. Looking Back & Facing the Future

History of the National Docent Symposium

Suggestions for Additional Reading/Resources

 

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On Seeing or Learning from Objects

“During a museum visit, you want your tour participants to relax and enjoy a journey into seeing, exploring, focusing and learning by looking at art and artifacts.”

Focus on the Object
“The docent’s first task is to focus a visitor’s attention on the object. To achieve this goal, the docent should limit the number of objects to be seen. . .. Before encouraging someone else to look at an object, it is necessary to really see it yourself. The information you choose should directly relate to the objectives of your tour. The following questions might help you get started:

             • Why have I chosen this object?
             • What is its function?
             • How does this object reinforce my theme?”

Further development of the chapter topic includes sections on Accessing Information about an Object; Searching for Details; Develop a Visual Memory; Shift Focus; and Props for Focusing.

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First published in 2001 and revised in 2017, the Docent Handbook 2 is a valuable resource for docents, guides and interpreters from museums and cultural institutions of all types in the US and Canada. A stimulating and informative "nuts and bolts" manual, the Docent Handbook 2 is useful for new and veteran docents, as well as an important tool for museum educators in their training of docents and guides

The Docent Handbook 2 updates and expands the original handbook with new sections, material, and additional references to reflect the increasingly diverse audiences for museums, the arrival of our digital world, and evolving tour strategies geared to museums of all kinds. Included are sections on learning styles; seeing or learning from objects; family groups, school groups and serving visitors with special needs; appropriate language and guidelines for current practice in addressing arts and artifacts of indigenous peoples; dealing with problems; technology and the docent; and much more. Examples in the handbook reflect a wide range of museum settings. In addition, the handbook serves as a workbook. Each section in the chapter gives you ideas and best practices as well as space at the end of the chapter to write “Your Personal Notes.”

How to Order the Handbook

The handbook must be ordered on-line. To make a purchase, please click here.
The price of a single handbook is $30 plus postage. 15% discount for a case of 30 or more handbooks plus postage.

Customer Reviews 

From the San Antonio Museum of Art

The updated Docent Handbook is a must-read for docents with all levels of experience. For the more-recently minted, new insights, tips and techniques will come fast and furiously. But even the more experienced will benefit from the opportunity to reflect on and refine current practices. To discover that one’s own style and approach is considered a “best practice” can be reinforcing and validating. The suggestions for further reading, including journals, books and websites, should prove valuable to all.

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