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Bleick, Charles F., Identification and Validation of Touring
Competencies for Volunteer Docents in Art Museums, Doctor of Philosophy
(Art), August, 1979, 187 pp., bibliography, 62 titles.
The purpose of the study was to (1) identify pedagogical touring
competencies needed by volunteer docents in art museums, (2) catalog
the competency statements into major competency categories, (3) validate
the list of competency statements, and (4) compare priority designations
awarded each statement by the individuals within the two major
subgroups: museum staff and volunteer docents.
A preliminary list of competency statements specifying acceptable
docent performance with children in art museums was compiled from the
literature and from interviews with museum staff and volunteer docents.
The competency statements were classified into four categories:
communication competencies, knowledge competencies, affective attribute
competencies, and touring methods and strategies competencies. A
validation instrument was designed listing these forty-three statements
in the four categories. The instrument was designed to elicit the
opinions of museum educators and in-service volunteer docents regarding
the merit of each statement as a possible objective in a docent
training program. The instrument was validated by three museum
educators before being distributed to museum staff and volunteer
docents in eighty-four art museums throughout the United States. The
respondents recorded their preferences on a five-point, Likert-type
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Bleick, Charles F. Identification and Validation of Touring Competencies for Volunteer Docents in Art Museums, dissertation, August 1979; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332350/m1/3/: accessed September 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .