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Navigating Sensitive Topics with Children

An Inquiry of Museum Educators Facilitating Conversations about Death with Children
  • Lorenda Calvert
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Abstract

Death is an undeniable and unavoidable truth. It permeates all aspect of our lives, often including the museum experience. Death in museums is visible not only within the biological artefacts, but also in the subsequent discussions held between visitors and educators.

Keywords

Professional Experience Sensitive Topic Difficult Topic Narrative Inquiry Figurative Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenda Calvert
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  1. 1.Burnaby Village MuseumBurnabyBritish Columbia

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