Museum pedagogy and learning experiences: an investigation into museum education from institutional perspectives

Isa, B 2017, Museum pedagogy and learning experiences: an investigation into museum education from institutional perspectives, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Education, RMIT University.


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Title Museum pedagogy and learning experiences: an investigation into museum education from institutional perspectives
Author(s) Isa, B
Year 2017
Abstract The study investigated the education programs at three museums of Museum Victoria (MV) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in relation to the corporate and management’s strategic direction; and the roles and responsibility of museum management in the development of the education programs; as well as the roles and responsibility of museum educators in the execution of the programs. Specific focus was given on the pedagogical aspects of the education programs which involved the examination of the instructional theories, approaches and strategies employed by the museum educators. Semi-structured interviews, teaching observation and document analysis were the methodology for data collection utilized. Four museum managers and eight museum educators participated in the study. The findings demonstrated the significance of museum management in influencing the culture of program planning, development and implementation, as well as the instructional practice of museum educators. One of the key findings to the study was the influence of museum focus and its distinctive collections on the use of pedagogy and instructional strategies that were unique to each museum, and the emphasis each museum placed in its learning tasks and activities. The educators considered constructivism as the most appropriate framework for teaching and learning in museum setting, however, it was found that both constructivist and behaviourist approaches were employed in lessons. The findings also reveal that the MV and NGV educators utilised similar instructional theories, approaches and strategies in the implementation of the education programs. It is interesting to note that the manner in which they were executed, however, was unique to each museum and were highly influenced by the museum’s focus and the nature of its collections. Challenges faced by the museum educators and the expectations that they have on the roles performed by teachers during school excursion were emergent themes from the study. The implications of the study, recommendations and directions for future research were discussed based on the derived findings.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Subjects Museum Studies
Organisational Planning and Management
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Keyword(s) Museum and gallery education
Museum Management
Museum Pedagogy
Museum Educators
Education programs
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