Light bulbs are blazing in my head as I just figured out a tricky segmentation of parents and their motivations around learning.
So let's explain the graphic. Among parents who had visited museums at least once in the past year:
Note that this data, from a broader population sample, only refers to parents who actually had visited a museum in the past year. I am pretty confident of these segments within that group, especially since some of it makes sense in the context of what good evaluators often find in their work. What's new is being able to put numbers to these segments more broadly.
Additionally, I'm not deep enough in the analysis to estimate what percentage of parents overall they comprise or to discuss how an intrinsic motivation around learning (and visiting museums) matters to families and their engagement in their community. That's coming.
Finally, remember that the purpose of the survey isn't parents. During my analysis, I found myself digging deeper to understand what the data was saying about parents, but there is a lot more about all adults coming!
The questions for this survey have been inspired by ongoing conversations within the museum field (who goes to museums, why they visit, and what that means for communities) and ongoing research in the fields of education and psychology around lifelong learning and intrinsic motivation.
I respectfully acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people. I thank them for the care of this land, and I endeavor to help museums bring forward a more complete and inclusive history and culture in their work.