Museums and social media – sharing pedagogies of practice

In the week that has just gone I have had the pleasure to attend to Museums and the Web Asia conference held in Melbourne. I have been inspired by the ideas, perspectives and openness of presenters both local and national, and reminded of why I find working with the GLAM sector so  enjoyable. I was delighted…

#MuseumEdOz is launched

Over the past few months I’ve been working with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney as a Visiting Research Fellow. We have been exploring how we can engage education audiences with learning and social media (you can read more here and here on initial thinking). It has been such an exciting adventure…

A spontaneous observation of energized museum learning

I’ve just begun a new partnership with the Museum of Applies Arts and Sciences (MAAS) as their inaugural Visiting Research Fellow. This is an exciting new adventure for both the museum and myself. Most importantly for me this is a significant new opportunity to be able to explore my research in museum education. My fellowship…

Teacher education and partnerships with galleries: What do pre-service teachers think?

Partnerships with cultural organisations such as galleries and museums are under utilised by teacher education programs in Australia (Abeles, 2004; Bybee, 2001; Falk, 2001; Lemon& Garvis, 2014; Nichols, 2014; Wilson, 2004). Cultural organisations are community assets that offer a range of rich and diverse learning resources and programs for learners encompassing all levels of education (Eames & Coll,…

Adolescents, their relationship with teachers and coping skills to adjust to teacher classroom management strategies.

The classroom, as a social setting for learning, provides a dynamic, yet bounded, set of conditions that engage and affect the learning process. These conditions serve either to support or constrain development of learners (Grossman, Smagorinsky & Valencia, 1999; Martin 2004). From this sociocultural perspective learning is viewed as an active process in which knowledge…

#warshipbootcamp has begun

Over the past two days 26 idea generators have been working together at the Australian National Maritime Musuem to look at what curriculum material could be developed for a massive new program – the Warships Pavilion. As a collective we come from a variety of different backgrounds (curators, museum educators, curriculum policy makers, teacher educators, technology experts,…

I felt quietly confident I could teach…Children, In Melbourne, & with the internet, interactive whiteboards, air conditioning and projectors…

This guest post is by Lindsay Holt and shares insights into teaching in Laos.  Lindsay is a recently graduated Primary Teacher with a Bachelor in Arts majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. She is fascinated with the constructed space of the classroom and the context surrounding it, wherever it may be. Lindsay is currently exploring the…

Pre-service teacher self-efficacy of arts education across Australia

Arts education is part of the new National Curriculum for Australia and with its scheduled for implementation for 2014 there is a clear message being sent that generalist primary school teachers need to be capable and confident to teach all of the arts areas. There is however several issues sounding this vision, not at least…

Knit one, pearl one.

The art of knitting has widely been talked about as being therapeutic. In the learning and teaching space it is an activity I like to use to encourage problem solving skills, focus, peer teaching, positive appreciations and confidence in completing a piece of textile based art work. Just recently I worked with a group of…

Starry Ideas: What has caught my eye while learning to STOP!

I just read Thesis Whisperers latest post about Why do academics work so much? And I couldn’t help but find myself nodding at pretty much everything at that Inger wrote. I too have an extended break (but not because I’m transiting positions across universities).  I had the joy of having all of December and early January…

Starry ideas:Things I gave a star to in the past week

In recent times I have begun reading Daniel Pink’s book called A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future. I’m only just beginning but something that he writes early on triggered me to think about the information we access – the how, why, when, from whom. But most of all, the amount of…