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The scope of this thesis is an examination of the best practices exercised by three art museum and public school partnerships currently in place across the United States. The topic is collaboration between education professionals in each of the institutions. The research aims to discover the exemplary characteristics of partnerships between art museums and public schools today, using a set of criteria developed by widely accepted scholars in the field. Oral history research methods that consisted of two interviews from each of the participating museum professionals provide the main body of information. Data collection comprises of field notes on background information of each partnership, direct field notes from verbal questions prompted through telephone interview, and transcripts of written interview sent electronically. The main hypothesis was confirmed through the discovery that one of the most essential characteristics of exemplary partnerships between art museums and public schools is the value of collaboration based on good interpersonal relationships between professionals. These findings correspond to written scholarship in the field of museum education and effective organizations generally.

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