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Blair, Denice

Co-Manager, MSU Museum Education Team
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education

Image of Denice Blair Leach at the MSU Children's GardenResearch Interests/Experience

Dr. Blair's research focuses on examining how learning happens in informal, out-of-classroom settings like museums and historic sites, to better understand impacts and improve methods. She develops educational programs for the museum's pre-K-12, university, and lifelong learning audiences. Her work includes emphases on digital and online learning.

In her teaching, she strives to blend content, pedagogical approaches, and learning tools to create a classroom atmosphere in which students are actively engaged, not only in constructing knowledge, but also in developing themselves as professionals who learn and teach creatively and critically. She teaches courses about informal education and teaching methodologies.

Selected Publications

  • (2011). Children’s Recollections of a Historical House Visit: Recall of Experiences Using Cognitive Tools. Visitor Studies, 14(1), 34-47.
  • (2007). Dynamic museum place: Exploring the multi-dimensional museum environment. Journal of Museum Education, 32(3), 197-207.
  • (2007). With Morrissey, K., & Alvarado, G. Taking videoconferencing to the next level: Creating a model for museum virtual field trips. In D. Newman, P. Barbanell, J. Falco, & S. Silverman (Eds.), Videoconferencing technology in K-12 instruction: Best practices and trends (pp. 20-34). Hershey: PA: IGI.

Selected Exhibitions

  • "VOICE" (co-curated with Julie Fick, Mary Worrall, and Stephanie Wottreng, MSU Museum, 2013)
  • "Michigan Indian Sovereignty and Treaties" (co-curated with Adriana Greci-Green, Nokomis Learning Center, Okemos, MI, 2006)

Degrees

Ph.D., Educational Psychology & Educational Technology
M.A., American Studies
B.A., History with Museum Studies certification

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